NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14:  Starling Marte #6 (L), Gregory Polanco #25 and Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrate after defeating the New York Mets at Citi Field on August 14, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Gregory Polanco’s hot second half, and the confluence of future and present

With two outs in the third inning last night, something happened that Pirate fans have been dreaming about for three years. Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte both laced hard-hit singles off of Marlin starter Tom Koehler, then Andrew McCutchen brought them home with a double. The Pirates didn’t look back en route to a 5-2 […]

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 24:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates looks on during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on August 24, 2015 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Game 123: Pirates 5 Marlins 2

It’s only the Marlins, but JA Happ’s Pirate resurgence continued tonight with six shutout innings, scattering four hits, striking out six, and issuing just one walk. Happ actually gave up half of those hits in the first inning, and he only allowed one base runner after the third. Happ’s now only allowed one run in […]

The Pirates head for Miami

After three weeks of games against the best teams in the National League, the Pirates are headed to Miami tonight to play the Marlins. The Marlins are, frankly, terrible. They just lost three games in a row to the Phillies and are now tied with the Phils and (statistically) the Rockies for baseball’s worst record. […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 23:  Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates with teammates after defeating the San Francisco Giants 5-2 at PNC Park on August 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Game 122: Pirates 5 Giants 2

Sorry for the lack of posts this weekend; I was out of town for a wedding until this morning, and so I missed the bulk of this series. As it turns out, this is probably the Pirates’ biggest series victory of the year, non-St. Louis Cardinals division, as taking three of four from the Giants […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 20:  Charlie Morton #50 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the first inning during the game against the San Francisco Giants at PNC Park on August 20, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Game 119: Pirates 4 Giants 0

Charlie Morton’s sinker gets most of the press, and because of that it’s easy to forget that his curveball was once supposed to be his out pitch. Against the strongest lineup in the National League last night (at least statistcally speaking) it was the curveball that was generating a ton of whiffs for Morton, though, […]

The math is easy now

The Pirates play the Giants this weekend. The Pirates are first place in the Wild Card race. The Giants are third, seven games behind the Pirates. This math is easy: if the Pirates win three or four games this weekend, they’ve put a huge down payment on a playoff spot with five weeks left in […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 19:  J.A. Happ #32 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the first inning during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park on August 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Game 118: Pirates 4 Diamondbacks 1 (the JA Happ post)

I spent a long day at work yesterday and got home just as the Pirate game was ending, so when it ended and I thought about writing the recap my first thought was, “this was a pretty run of the mill game,” and I put the recap off for a bit, because I didn’t think […]

JA Happ starts again

I’m a bit pressed for time tonight (it’s 6:55 and I’m just sitting down to write a preview), but I’ll reiterate my thoughts on the Happ/Morton/Locke trio that will start the next three days: if the Pirates are going to stay ahead of the Cubs and somehow catch the Cardinals, they need something from these […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 18:  Pedro Florimon #23 of the Pittsburgh Pirates is congratulated by teammate Francisco Cervelli #29 after hitting the game winning RBI in the 15th inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the game at PNC Park on August 18, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Last night’s hero is today’s DFA: A brief tribute to Pedro Florimon

When I was working on my recap last night, I couldn’t decide whether to use the above picture of Pedro Florimon in the post-game celebration or the amazing shot of Cervelli barrel-rolling into home plate with Gregory Polanco face down on the ground waving him home. In the end, the Cervelli/Polanco shot on the recap […]

of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the game at PNC Park on August 18, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Game 117: Pirates 9 Diamondbacks 8

It’s 12:31 AM and I just watched Pedro Florimon hit a walkoff double or triple (I don’t know how it was scored, not sure it matters) so you’re getting bullet points: The Pirates just won an 15-inning game and only used two relievers from the tenth inning onwards. Arquimedes Caminero and Joe Blanton put their […]

Francisco Liriano faces the Diamondbacks

Lost in last night’s panic over Gerrit Cole’s poor start is the fact that the Diamondbacks are good at scoring runs. The Pirates have been lately, too, but obviously they didn’t have much success against Jeremy Hellickson. Chase Anderson starts for the Diamondbacks. He hasn’t pitched well lately, with three of his last four starts […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 04: Arquimedes Caminero #37 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the 8th inning against the Chicago Cubs during the game at PNC Park on August 4, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Pirates sweep Mets behind their bullpen and timely hitting

After Gerrit Cole’s short start against the Cardinals last week, I started to worry. With AJ Burnett out and both Charlie Morton and Jeff Locke struggling more often than not, seeing Cole fail to get out of the sixth inning in two of three starts (with a six inning start in the other) felt like […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 04: J.A. Happ #32 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs during the game at PNC Park on August 4, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The new Mets

The Pirates lucked out with their pitching draw in New York this weekend, as they don’t have to face Noah Syndergaard or Jacob DeGrom over the next few days. That doesn’t mean that this trip to CitiField is likely to be an easy one; the Mets are 42-18 at home, they’re 10-2 since the trade […]

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 13: Peter Bourjos #8 of the St. Louis Cardinals fails to catch a fly ball against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning at Busch Stadium on August 13, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Game 112: Pirates 10 Cardinals 5

It wasn’t as easy as it should’ve been and it wasn’t all that pretty, but the Pirates managed to escape St. Louis last night with their first win since July of 2014. To be perfectly honest, my main concern with last night was Francisco Liriano. That being said, seeing the Pirates explode for seven first […]

Shoring up

At this point, all I’d like to see from the Pirates tonight is six or seven innings from Francisco Liriano and the defense to make the most routine of plays. The Pirates can’t unlose the first two games of this series, but they can at least re-group, avoid a sweep, and give themselves something to […]

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From 1 to 162

One question that I’ve been struggling with since almost the beginning of this 2015 season is a pretty straightforward one. How do you define success for the 2015 Pittsburgh Pirates? Would a division title be a success? Would a trip to the NLCS be a success? Would it take a World Series? From an emotional standpoint, my […]

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 12: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals acknowledges the dugout after hitting an RBI triple against the Pittsburgh Pirates as umpire Adam Hamari #78 signals Molina safe in the sixth inning at Busch Stadium on August 12, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Game 111: Cardinals 4 Pirates 2

Two days, two winnable games lost in St. Louis by the Pirates. I think that this one is mostly chalked up to awful defense, with Pedro Alvarez missing a third inning scoop that lead to the Cardinals’ first two runs, and Gregory Polanco completely whiffing on a sixth inning Yadier Molina single, turning it into […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 24: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates stands in the dugout in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds during the game at PNC Park on June 24, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The trials of Gerrit

There is no way to put this other than bluntly: the Pirates need a huge start from Gerrit Cole tonight. Their rotation is in trouble, their division chances are shrinking, and they haven’t won in St. Louis in over a year. They need their ace to take the mound, put his foot down, and make […]

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