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Pirates drop second straight to Brewers

This was a Pirates-Brewers game at Miller Park, and those almost always end the same way.
Via Pirates.com
1 hour ago

Pirates confident in Watson as new closer

One reason the Pirates felt comfortable trading their former closer, Mark Melancon, on Saturday: They like their new closer quite a bit, too.
Via Pirates.com
4 hours ago

Nationals make astute move in acquiring Melancon

It became very clear that the Washington Nationals were going to get a reliever from somewhere prior to Monday’s MLB trade deadline, and they made one of the better moves they could have in acquiring Mark Melancon from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of Fox Sports confirmed Saturday that the Nationals were getting Melancon for left-handed reliever Felipe Rivero...
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Game 100: Pirates 10 Mariners 1

The main problem of the Pittsburgh Pirates was perfectly on display in this two-game series against the Seattle Mariners: sometimes, the starting pitching works and sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes, the offense strings its hits together, and sometimes it spreads them out. Sometimes, the Pirates look ready to beat anyone, and sometimes it’s hard to remember how they ever win. As...
Via WHYGAVS?
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole Gets His Jolly Rogers On The U.S.S. Mariner

Gerrit Cole's start yesterday -- 9 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.78 -- wasn't the most impressive start.  *walks around, shaking people out of their slumber*  Hey, what's going on, guys and five girl readers?  Was it the opening sentence?  Okay, so Gerrit Cole didn't look as good as, say, Dylan Bundy over five innings.  Cole looked solid, salt-of-the-earth, lumberjack...
Via Razzball
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole pitches 3-hitter, Pirates rout Mariners 10-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) Gerrit Cole pitched a three-hitter for his first career complete game and slumping Andrew McCutchen had a three-run home run among his three hits as the Pittsburgh Pirates rolled to a 10-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night. Making the 88th start of his four-year career, Cole (6-6) struck six and walked one while winning for the first time since...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates are in a weird place: their biggest need is their best minor league strength

Despite all of their issues with starting pitching and a month of June that reminded most Pirate fans of the Bad Old Days, the Pirates are not in bad shape as we round up to the trade deadline. With last night’s results, they’re 1 1/2 games behind the Marlins for the second wild card spot, lumped in with the Cardinals and Mets. The Marlins are 2 1/2 behind the Dodgers, so that...
Via WHYGAVS?
4 days ago  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name every player on the roster of the 1979 ‘We Are Family’ Pittsburgh Pirates

The 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates won their fifth World Series, defeating the Baltimore Orioles for the championship. The popular disco song "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge was the team's theme song that year. How many of the players on that MLB championship roster can you name?
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Two months after horrific beaning, Ryan Vogelsong eyes a new start

At first, Ryan Vogelsong thought he would never pitch again."I couldn't see at all," Vogelsong said. "I didn't know if my eye was gone."Vogelsong, after getting hit in the face by a 92-mph fastball from Rockies right-hander Jordan Lyles on May 23, actually told Pirates head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk, "My career's over. I lost my eye."Believe it or not, his clarity in that moment...
Via FOX Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates place Tyler Glasnow on 15-day DL

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right-handed pitcher Tyler Glasnow on the 15-day disabled list. Glasnow pitched into the fourth inning in his start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday before being removed with right shoulder discomfort. Glasnow was making his second major-league start and allowed two runs and four hits, walked three and hit two batters...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Time to start streaking

After the Pittsburgh Pirates brutal schedule at the end of the first half of baseball, the Pirates find themselves within striking distance even after facing multiple aces against playoff contending teams. Starting this weekend, Clint Hurdle’s bunch will get an extremely important couple of weeks where they get to face off against Philadelphia, Seattle, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Cincinnati...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pirates win with help of Brewers error

The Little League World Series is still a few weeks away, but the Pittsburgh Pirates took advantage of the kind of play you usually only see on the Little League diamond. It won them the game in walk-off fashion. With the Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers tied in the bottom of the ninth at 2-2, Josh Harrison got himself into scoring position with a lead-off triple. Of course, that...
Via The Comeback
11 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pirates' Jameson Taillon hit in head by line drive

Pittsburgh Pirates rookie pitcher Jameson Taillon was hit in the head by a line drive during his outing on Tuesday, but he remained in the game. Taillon was nailed in the back of the head by a line drive from Hernan Perez with one out in the second inning. The batted ball was traveling at 105 mph: The ball went into left field and allowed Perez to reach via a single. He retired...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen’s Reminder That Baseball Is Cruel

Every baseball player has bad days — it’s an inevitability in a sport so deeply tied to failure. For the most part, these failures are quickly dismissed and/or forgotten. A rough seven-run outing for a pitcher is a day when he just didn’t have “it” or batted balls had eyes. An 0-for-4 game at the plate is barely a hiccup in the span of a 162-game season. But, on occasion...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates prospect somehow turns double play while falling backwards

Baseball fans are treated to some outstanding glove work in the big leagues, but those working their way up the ranks can flash the leather, too. Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Stephen Alemais, who plays for the team's Single-A affiliate, the West Virginia Black Bears, turned one of the best double plays in all of baseball this year. The catcher fielded a bunt, threw a one-hopper to...
Via FOX Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Young fan shows the emotional ups & downs of an 18-inning baseball game

An 18-inning game isn’t easy on anyone, and especially isn’t easy on a kid who just wants his Pittsburgh Pirates to win. The Nats Park crowd began to dissipate for Sunday’s game between the Pirates and Washington Nationals, but one kid stayed around, and the TV cameras were able to catch his triumphs and trials of an 18-inning game: He dealt with the roller coaster of emotions...
Via The Comeback
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Latest On The Pirates’ Rotation

Multiple reports last week indicated that the Pirates are shopping left-hander Jon Niese, and and today Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review adds that the Bucs are trying to move Niese and/or fellow lefty Jeff Locke (Twitter link). Trading either struggling southpaw would create a permanent spot in the Pittsburgh rotation for Tyler Glasnow, whose name, as noted by Biertempfel...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Odor reportedly rejected extension offer from Rangers

Right hooks notwithstanding, Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor has had a fantastic year. With 16 home runs and 46 RBIs on a .275/.296/.491 slash line in the first half of the season, Odor has flashed tremendous power for a middle infielder and has helped Texas to a comfortable lead atop the AL West. The 22-year-old has done well to boost his value, and he knows it. According to...
Via Larry Brown Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting Pirates Call-Up Josh Bell

Almost right after after treating us to Tyler Glasnow day, the Pirates are giving us another promising debutante to fuss over. First base prospect Josh Bell will debut for Pittsburgh in tonight’s game against the Cubs. Bell crushed Triple-A pitching this year to the tune of .324/.407/.535. Bell posted a healthy .212 ISO in Triple-A this year, but in years past, he’s hit for an...
Via Fangraphs
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Fixing the Pitcher the Pirates (!) Made Worse

The Pirates have developed a reputation for their work with pitchers. Ray Searage seems to receive most of the credit, but the club’s recent successes with arms like Francisco Liriano, Edinson Volquez, A.J. Burnett, J.A. Happ, and Joe Blanton is probably a group effort to some degree. No matter who the true pitcher whisperer is, the Pirates have clearly become a team that takes...
Via Fangraphs
22 days ago  |  Discuss
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