PIRATES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Bucs officially eliminated, but will keep moving forward

The Pirates began the season with postseason expectations and championship aspirations. They want to play meaningful games in September and playoff baseball in October, as general manager Neal Huntington has often said. But that dream officially ended late Tuesday night, when the Pirates lost their fourth straight game, a 6-4 defeat to the Cubs, and the Giants beat the Rockies, 12...
Via Pirates.com
11 hours ago

Pirates' 9th-inning rally falls short vs. Cubs

Realistically, the Cubs have little left to play for this week. With a 100-win season and the best record in the Majors secured, their sights are now set on the month to come. But still, the Cubs continued their roll into October on Tuesday night at PNC Park, beating the Pirates, 6-4, for their third straight win.
Via Pirates.com
13 hours ago

Phillips auditioning for '17 bullpen role

Zach Phillips hadn't pitched in the Majors since 2013 when the Pirates called him up in Philadelphia two weeks ago. But the Bucs didn't hesitate to throw him into their bullpen -- or into the fire.
Via Pirates.com
16 hours ago

Monday Mop-up Duty: The Nova alternative? Make the Pirates’ bullpen great again

SOUTH HILLS – So the Pirates have made, and perhaps will continue to make, an attempt at signing Ivan Nova to a multi-year contract. Nova would likely continue to perform better in the NL and PNC Park and away from the bandboxes of the AL East. (Though Nova has not made an adjustment like that of J.A. Happ – with pitch mix and delivery – that suggests he’s going to become...
Via Bucco Blog
2 days ago

Pirates fall again, playoff hopes dim with loss to Nats

PITTSBURGH (AP) A season that's spiraled away from the Pittsburgh Pirates spilled into frustration Sunday. On the edge of elimination from the playoff race with a 10-7 loss to Washington, the Pirates got into a bench-clearing skirmish after Nationals star Bryce Harper injured his left thumb trying to avoid a fake tag by third baseman Jung Ho Kang. The Pirates are five games behind...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Hope To Re-Sign Sean Rodriguez

It didn’t take much last winter for the Pirates to re-sign utilityman Sean Rodriguez, who inked a one-year, $2.5MM contract after a poor season. Considering Rodriguez has drastically improved his output this year, Pittsburgh won’t be able to bring him back during the offseason at such a low cost, which general manager Neal Huntington knows. “We’d love to have Sean remain...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
2 days ago

Nats, Pirates get into it after fake tag leads to Harper injury

The Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates found themselves at odds on Sunday after a fake tag potentially led to a hand injury for Bryce Harper. It started when Harper tripled down the right field line and hurt his left wrist on the slide. The slide wasn’t necessary as the throw badly missed the cutoff men and the baseball wasn’t anywhere near third, but Pirates third...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

So you’re saying there’s a chance: Pittsburgh Pirates

With a 0.1 percent chance of making the postseason, per Fangraphs, the Pittsburgh Pirates season hasn’t lived up to the expectations that the team had in the preseason. While they are virtually eliminated at four-and-a-half games back, they aren’t completely out of it until their odds hit zero percent. While incredibly unlikely to happen, the […] The post So you’re saying...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days ago

Pittsburgh Pirates: Final nine games; postseason?

The Pittsburgh Pirates need a miracle, but it’s possible to still achieve a playoff berth. Pittsburgh is on the outside looking in and has nine games to prove that they still belong in the NL Wild Card race. Two games today and tomorrow against Washington will be vital. Pittsburgh needs to finish off the series with a sweep and remain alive in the race. Pittsburgh needs help from...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Stallings' pinch single in 11th lifts Pirates over Nats 6-5

PITTSBURGH (AP) Rookie Jacob Stallings' pinch-hit single in the 11th inning lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates over Washington 6-5 on Friday night, preventing the Nationals from clinching a postseason berth. Pittsburgh loaded the bases with one out against Yusmiero Petit (3-5) when Francisco Cervelli doubled, Andrew McCutchen was intentionally walked and Pedro Florimon walked. Sean...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' Polanco leaves game after crashing into fence

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pirates left fielder Gregory Polanco left Friday night's game after he crashed into the left-field fence while chasing a first-inning double by Washington's Bryce Harper. Polanco stayed down on the ground for a few minutes then was removed after being examined by team trainers. Adam Frazier moved from second base to replace Polanco, and Alen Hanson took over at...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole shut down for season by Pirates

Cole World has now indeed become The Sideline Story. Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington announced on Tuesday that the team is shutting down right-hander Gerrit Cole for the remainder of the season, per Adam Berry of MLB.com. Pirates are shutting down Gerrit Cole for the rest of the season, GM Neal Huntington says. — Adam Berry (@adamdberry) September 13, 2016...
Via Larry Brown Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates are walking a plank of their own making

It's more than safe to say that 2016 has not played out to plan for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Coming into the year, they were billed as part of a three-headed National League Central monster along with the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. But now in mid-September, they're already eliminated from contention in the NL Central and have drifted to a distant six games out of the wild...
Via Yardbarker
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Trevor Williams gives his dad the game ball after first MLB win

Trevor Williams pitched two scoreless innings in relief in his MLB debut Wednesday as his Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3, but his biggest highlight may have come after the win. With his impressive debut, Williams received the game ball after the Pirates got a rare win against the Cardinals. But instead of holding onto the ball as a keepsake, Williams went...
Via The Comeback
20 days ago  |  Discuss
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