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Pirates May Be Interested In Napoli & Victorino

(AP Photo)If Bill West of the Pittsburgh Tribune is to be believed, the Pirates are interested in trading for two of Boston expendable veterans—first-baseman Mike Napoli and outfielder Shane Victorino. Even if Ben Cherington gets only one or two decent prospects in return, he should clearly make this deal. Napoli would give the Bucs a major defensive upgrade over incumbent 1B Pedro...
Via FenwayNation
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 7-20-15 to 7-26-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 7/20/15 thru 7/26/15, the 16th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 4 Wins and 3 Losses, 32 Runs Scored and 33 Runs Allowed.   Hero of the week: Jung Ho Kang. Kang recorded multiple hits in 5 straight games this week. He was 11 for 28 (a .423 batting average) with 4 doubles and 5 runs scored...
Via Hidden Vigorish
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates trade rumors: Tyler Clippard edition

As I already stated in a previous article, the Pittsburgh Pirates are in desperate need of bullpen help. Arquimedes Caminero has imploded lately and Antonio Bastardo is too inconsistent for the Bucs to count on in big time situations. Caminero’s ERA is approaching 5.00 as it currently sits at a whopping 4.47 and continues to climb. He has given up home runs in each of his past...
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Monday round-up: Gerrit Cole’s start, what to look for at the deadline

Watching Gerrit Cole develop this season has really been an interesting experience. In Cole’s first eleven starts, he struck out 79 hitters over 71 innings and had eight or more strikeouts five times. He was really dominant in those starts, with a 1.90 ERA and a .590 OPS against and a 61:16 K:BB. Yesterday was the first time in the nine starts since those first 11 starts that he...
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Back to the norm

This is what you expect when Gerrit Cole starts: a well-pitched, fast-moving, low-scoring game that ends with a Pirate victory. Kind of a boring game, honestly, but that’s perfectly fine. Seriously, there isn’t a whole lot you can say about a game like this. Cole was his usual self, going right after hitters (0 walks) and mostly getting great results. Nats rookie Joe Ross pitched...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates trade rumors: Kevin Jepsen edition

Over the past few weeks fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates know that one of the main problems for this year’s team is an average bullpen. The back end of this bullpen is solid featuring Mark Melancon, Tony Watson and even Jared Hughes. As for the rest of the bullpen, they have shown inconsistency and cannot be relied on in clutch situations. Vance Worley, Antonio Bastardo, Arquimedes...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Bats Quieted by Francisco Liriano in Loss

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Pittsburgh, Thursday, July 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) The Washington Nationals have had the Pittsburgh Pirates number this season. Going into Thursday night’s game, Washington had won seven in a row over the Pirates. But, Pirates starter...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Aramis Ramirez Returns to Pittsburgh

Brent Morel started at third base for the Pirates on Monday. The same Brent Morel who has a career .272 on-base percentage. He started again at third base last night as well. This must have struck fear into the hearts of Pittsburgh Pirates fans, perhaps giving them some flashbacks to the bad old days. Thankfully, […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

A trade and a win….better now?

After everyone was all angry just about 24 hours ago, there are a lot more positive vibes around the Pirates after they swung a much-needed trade and followed it up with a strong win over the Nationals to begin the weekend series. So, Aramis Ramirez, huh? There’s certainly some irony and a sense of his career coming full circle here, after he was painfully traded away just about...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper gives girl with sign asking him to prom signed ball (pic)

A young Washington Nationals fan attending the team’s game on Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park may have come up short in her bid to convince Bryce Harper to serve as her date to prom, but what she received as compensation more than rewarded her efforts. The young lady, who wasn’t even asking...Read More The post Bryce Harper gives girl who held sign asking...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates acquire Aramis Ramirez from Brewers for Yhonathan Barrios

The deal is official, as per the Pirates’ Twitter account: Aramis Ramirez will finish his career as a Pittsburgh Pirate (assuming he doesn’t change his mind from his pre-season statement that this is his last year), while the Pirates will send Yhonathan Barrios to Milwaukee in return. Presumably the idea here for the Pirates is for Ramirez to play third base while Josh Harrison’s...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers trade Aramis Ramirez to the Pirates

Having been in the for infield help after losing Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer to injuries that will likely keep both out until September, the Pittsburgh Pirates added a solid veteran presence on Thursday. Media reports indicated earlier in the day that Pittsburgh was on the verge of acquiring former All-Star third baseman Aramis Ramirez from the Milwaukee Brewers. Those reports...
Via Sportsnaut
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Breaking Bad Starring Clint Hurdle

There is no question the Pittsburgh Pirates were dealt a bit of a bad hand coming out of the All Star Break. The break could not have come at a worse time for what had been the hottest team in baseball throughout the first two weeks of July. Thanks to a pair of dramatic come from behind walk off wins over the Cardinals in the last two games prior to the All-Star Game the Pirates...
Via Hidden Vigorish
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Saves leader Melancon is key to Pirates' hopes, MLB's mission

It's Ambassador Melancon to you. It has a nice right to it. No, Pittsburgh Pirates closer Mark Melancon doesn't moonlight as a U.S. Ambassador, but it is an official role he assumes for Major League Baseball. The major's saves leader with 30 entering Wednesday's games has literally spanned the globe during offseasons to teach the game of baseball.  “I’ve got to travel to New...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pedro Florimon is the latest random callup

And he’s your new starting shortstop. Here’s our lineup for game 3 in KC. — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) July 22, 2015 Florimon is another “depth” (I use that term VERY lightly) guy that can probably field, but can’t hit at all. It doesn’t help that Francisco Cervelli is still out (hopefully just a day-to...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
5 days ago  |  Discuss

A summary of the Pirates’ trade deadline options in light of Jordy Mercer’s injury

The Pirates weren not without holes to address at the upcoming trade deadline before Jordy Mercer’s injury on Sunday, but Mercer’s injury certainly recasts their deadline approach in a whole new light. With a bit of time to consider the situation with Mercer, Harrison, and the team in general, I’ve tried to sort of outline the different ways the Pirates can tackle the deadline...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Travis Ishikawa breaks out

Pittsburgh Pirates’ first baseman, Travis Ishikawa, entered Monday’s game against the Kansas City Royals with just one hit in 18 at-bats on the season (.056 batting average). Ishikawa has always been seen as a defensive-minded first baseman, but if he continued to struggle as badly as he was at the plate, it was hard to envision the Pirates keeping him on the roster much longer...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates lose Jordy Mercer for 6 weeks with MCL sprain

The Pittsburgh Pirates were dealt another blow to their infield on Monday, when they placed shortstop Jordy Mercer on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Mercer is expected to be out for six weeks. The injury happened on Sunday when Mercer collided with Milwaukee Brewers‘ Carlos Gomez, who was trying to break up a double play. After...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates trade rumors: Mitch Moreland edition

The Pittsburgh Pirates have started the second half of the season on a poor note. Having lost their first two games to the Milwaukee Brewers, the Pirates now sit 4.5 back of the division leading St. Louis Cardinals. First baseman Pedro Alvarez has gone on another slump while committing costly errors in the field. He is too inconsistent for the Pirates to be able to rely on him down...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Jung Ho Kang vs. KBO Jung Ho Kang

Perhaps it is foolish to have expectations on anyone that attempts to do anything that has never been done before. But this is baseball we are talking about and prognostication has become a cottage industry within the sport. So when the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Korean sensation Jung Ho Kang who posted video game offensive numbers in the KBO last season everybody jumped at the...
Via Hidden Vigorish
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher A.J. Burnett Not Sweating Lack of Playing Time in Only Career All Star Game

It has been a long time coming for Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett; 17 seasons to be exact. After 16 he decided that his 17th would be his last. Wouldn't you know it--it has been the best season of his career (to date). So good in fact that he was finally named to an All-Star squad for the first time in his career.With it being his first (and last since he has decided to...
Via FatManWriting
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Profile: Tyler Glasnow

As the All-Star break has pretty much come and gone, I will start looking at prospects that we could see playing in the Majors within the near future. Today we are going to look at the Pittsburgh Pirates number one prospect according to MLB Pipeline, Tyler Glasnow. Glasnow really jumped onto the scene in 2014 with High-A Bradenton. The right-handed pitched to a 12-5 record with a...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen’s Tim Kurkjian impression is hilarious

Before the Cardinals-Pirates matchup on Sunday Night Baseball, Nicole Briscoe interviewed Pirates star Andrew McCutchen…and Cutch was the latest in a long string of players to break out a Tim Kurkjian impression. Andrew McCutchen: REALLY good at baseball, and also REALLY good at impersonating @Kurkjian_ESPN. VIDEO: — Baseball Tonight (@BBTN) July 13,...
Via Awful Announcing
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Announcers lose their minds over Andrew McCutchen walk off homer

On Saturday night, Andrew McCutchen hit a dramatic walk off homer in the bottom of the 14th inning to lead the Pirates to a 6-5 win over the Cardinals. Pittsburgh trailed in both the 10th and 14th innings before McCutchen gave them the win. The calls of the homer from both Fox and KDKA might best be described as “completely over the top and amazing”. Here’s how Matt Vasgersian...
Via Awful Announcing
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen, Pirates teammates help PNC Park grounds crew with tarp

Andrew McCutchen will be starting the All-Star Game next week in Cincinnati, but could he have another career as part of PNC Park’s grounds crew? On Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, the grounds crew attempted to put the tarp on the field during a rain storm. There was also some vicious wind during the storm, and the grounds crew couldn’t spread the tarp onto the field without some...
Via The Outside Corner
20 days ago  |  Discuss

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