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Pirates trade Jason Grilli to the Angels for Ernesto Frieri

Jason Grilli wanted to be a Pirate. I think that’s what I’ll remember more than anything. He’s been a bad pitcher this year and by all accounts his book seems ridiculous and it recasts the light that I view him in just a little bit, but that still won’t make me forget a weird tweet […]


Game 80: Pirates 3 Mets 2

This is the sort of game that I feel strange about offering much of an opinion on because I was watching Durham and Indianapolis play tonight (I will write a little bit about the minor league game, probably on Monday and not in the way that I usually do, but we’ll get to that in […]

Last stand at Little Bighorn

Brandon Cumpton’s last stand (for now)

With Gerrit Cole returning to the rotation tomorrow night and an off-day on Monday, I think that there’s an awfully good chance that no matter the results of tonight’s game, Brandon Cumpton is going to be headed back down to Triple-A after his start tonight. A lot of Pirate fans want to see Jason Grilli […]


Game 79: Pirates 5 Mets 2

In the third inning, it felt like the Pirates were on the verge of breaking this game open a little bit. The score was tied at one, but the Mets had almost no luck against Vance Worley besides Lucas Duda’s solo homer, while the Pirates put at least one runner on base in every inning […]

Game Mania


The Pirates kick off what might be their most important homestand of 2014 tonight against the Mets. Their next 10 games will be at PNC Park, and they’ll be against the Mets, Diamondbacks, and Phillies. I’d like to see seven wins, at least, from the Pirates on this homestand. Vance Worley makes his third Pirate […]

Fork in the road

Game 78: Rays 5 Pirates 1

The easiest way to characterize this game would be thusly: both David Price and Charlie Morton pitched absolute gems on Wednesday afternoon, with Price striking out 11 Pirates and holding the Bucs to on five hits in 8 1/3 innings, while Charlie Morton struck out 11 Rays and held them to four hits in seven […]


The Pirates try for a sweep of the Rays with a ridiculous lineup

I’ve been saying “11-5 11-5 11-5″ like a broken record for about a week now in relation to the Pirates’ 16-game stretch against the Cubs, Rays, Mets, Phillies, and Diamondbacks, but here’s a dirty secret: it’d be just fine if the Pirates won more than 11 games in this stretch. That’s going to be a […]


Game 77: Pirates 6 Rays 5

If not for the last two innings, this would’ve been a pretty similar story to last night. Only one Pirate had multiple hits tonight (in this case it was Russell Martin, and his second hit was what turned out to be the game-deciding home run), but they took advantage of a Rays’ error and made […]

Lumber Company

Enter the New Lumber Company

First things first: there was some confusion today about exactly what the Pirates did with Jose Tabata today to clear roster room for Neil Walker, so let’s run through that quickly. Outrighting a player to Triple-A means that the player has been both removed from the 40-man roster and sent to Triple-A. It’s a process […]

Balanced eggs

Balancing Josh Harrison and Pedro Alvarez

Neil Walker is going to start at second base for the Pirates tonight, which means that the Pirates have some big decisions to make. The first decision is the relatively straigthtforward: they need to open up a roster spot for Walker, and to do that they’ll probably have to DFA either Travis Snider or Clint […]


Game 76: Pirates 8 Rays 1

When you have a hitter like Pedro Alvarez playing for your favorite baseball team, it’s almost impossible to keep your mind from the automatic, “A home run here would sure be nice” reaction in close games with runners on base. That’s still true for me with Alvarez up even though he’s gone most of the […]

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The Pirates try to return to .500 in Tampa Bay

I feel like this run of games that the Pirates have against bad teams speak for themselves and I sound like a broken record: the Pirates need to rack up wins, and that’s just all there is to it. These next three games are in St. Pete against a Rays team that’s probably a bit […]


Game 75: Pirates 2 Cubs 1

With his spot in the rotation probably on the line, Brandon Cumpton turned in maybe his best start of the season for the Pirates. He held the Cubs to just two hits in seven shutout innings, striking out four and walking two. The Cubs really only threatened against him in the sixth inning, when they […]

Coffee and paper

Sunday Morning: Vance Worley, Instant Replay, and Brandon Cumpton

You certainly haven’t forgotten the great Edinson Volquez Debates of the Winter of 2014, in which the value of spending $5 million on what was almost certainly a broken pitcher was debated and debated and debated some more. I’m not sure where everyone else ended up (I dunno, there was a lot of yelling about […]

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Game 73: Cubs 6 Pirates 3

I had this big post planned out for my preview where I laid out the upcoming schedule and did some math and ended on this conclusion that the Pirates were going to need to go 11-5 over this 16 game stretch against bad baseball teams to really get themselves back into the playoff race before […]