Rumors & Rumblings: McCutchen trade unlikely until offseason

PITTSBURGH — Andrew McCutchen did not give a very juicy answer to a question that had never been asked of him before during his nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates: Do you pay attention to speculation about your future in Pittsburgh? It would have been unfathomable to even think of the question until recent weeks, as McCutchen had long been the face of the franchise and a...
Via Today's Knuckleball
33 minutes ago

Pittsburgh Pirates: Can Chad Kuhl alleviate rotation woes?

The Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen has been the weakest link in an otherwise solid lineup of players. Namely, the starting rotation can’t seem to find ways to deliver consistent outings. Juan Nicasio was slated as the fourth starting pitcher. A string of poor performances has relegated him back to the bullpen for reliever roles. With a spot open in the rotation, the Pirates have elected...
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How the Pirates can spark a turnaround

Sitting three games below .500 at 36-39, it seems that with every passing day the Pirates have to strain their necks higher and higher to see the top of the baseball world. As we near the halfway point of the season, it’s been a highly disappointing start to the season for a team that won 98 games last year and easily could have won it all if not for a one-and-done wild card game...
Via Today's Knuckleball
6 hours ago

Is Locke's uneven season on the upswing?

Jeff Locke can be the guy who tosses five perfect innings in the Pirates' 6-1 win over the Dodgers on Saturday night, waiting until the sixth inning to concede a run. A start before that, Locke faced Madison Bumgarner and the Giants, one of the hottest teams in baseball, and shut them out for 6 2/3 innings.
Via Pirates.com
20 hours ago

McCutchen hits 2 HRs as Pirates beat Dodgers 6-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) Andrew McCutchen homered twice, Jeff Locke took a perfect game into the sixth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1 Saturday night. McCutchen had a solo shot in the fourth inning for the game's first hit and then a three-run shot to start a five-run sixth that increased the Pirates' lead to 6-0. McCutchen raised his season total to...
Via Associated Press
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Cervelli (hand) does catching drills, runs bases

A day after having stitches removed from his surgically repaired left hand, Francisco Cervelli was back behind the plate at PNC Park.
Via Pirates.com
1 day ago

Pirates host local Pitch, Hit & Run contest

Rylee Kalocay's glittery headband miraculously stayed in place as she sprinted from first base to third, placed five pitches in the strike zone and whacked softballs off a tee and into the outfield of PNC Park.
Via Pirates.com
1 day ago

Pirates reinstate Nicasio, put him in bullpen; Frazier up

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pirates right-hander Juan Nicasio was reinstated from the restricted list and moved to the bullpen as Pittsburgh made a number of roster moves prior to Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Pirates also selected the contract of infielder/outfielder Adam Frazier from Triple-A Indianapolis, optioned catcher Jacob Stallings to the same club and...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jameson Taillon’s Remarkable Return

Of late, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been remarkable in a rather disappointing way. On May 27, the club was 28-19 and had a 43.7% chance of making the playoffs. Two weeks later, after a sweep at the hands of the St. Louis Cardinals, Dave Cameron cast considerable doubt on the Pirates’ ability to compete this season. Now, after four weeks and a 6-20 stretch, the team’s playoff...
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Andrew McCutchen Clearly Doesn’t Have His Swing

It’s easy to consider over- and underachieving players in isolation. It’s only a little bit harder to put them in context. Below is some context. I exported a spreadsheet of every qualified position player on the season. Then I exported a spreadsheet of all our preseason projections, and I compared the two, looking at actual vs. projected WAR over however many trips to the plate...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 72: Giants 7 Pirates 6

In summary, the Pirates had a 6-1 lead, blew it, and then lost when they sent John Jaso on a full-count pitch that Gregory Polanco struck out on, despite Jaso barely beating out the double play throw on a slow roller to short that Jordy Mercer nearly beat into second base. If you can’t win this game, I dunno what baseball games you can win. Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images
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Report: Orioles showing interest in Liriano

Clinging to a razor-thin lead atop the AL East, the Baltimore Orioles appear to be on the precipice of shifting into win-now mode. According to a report by Jon Morosi of MLB Network on Wednesday, the Orioles are showing interest in acquiring Pirates southpaw Francisco Liriano. #Orioles interested in Francisco Liriano, source says, but #Pirates remain focused on competing for...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Emrick to call Pirates game with Costas

When NHL on NBC voice Mike Emrick called a couple of Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training games back in March, little did we know it was practice for a regular season game next month. MLB Network has announced that Doc will call the Chicago Cubs-Pittsburgh Pirates game on July 8 with Bob Costas. It’s a dream come true for Emrick who grew up a Pirates fan while living in Indiana...
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Brandon Belt rips himself on Twitter after striking out to catcher (vid)

The Pittsburgh Pirates found themselves on the receiving end of a savage blowout, losing to the San Francisco Giants by a score of 15-4. But the savagery that occurred afterward in the social media musings of Giants first baseman Brandon Belt at his own expense may have been much more severe. The Pirates were left throwing out backup catcher Erik Katz to pitch the ninth inning...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

A Pirates ballgirl might have had the best defensive play all day

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0 in a thriller on Monday.A low-scoring game like that is guaranteed to have some solid defensive plays. But the best of them all might have been one that didn't register an out for the home team.Just watch this Pirates ballgirl barehand a catch on a bad hop before it heads over the wall.
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates ball girl makes fantastic barehanded grab (Video)

A Pittsburgh Pirates ball girl made a fantastic barehanded grab on a foul ball during Monday's game against San Francisco.It happened in the first inning as Giants batter Buster Posey hit a grounder foul towards the third base stands. The ball girl, identified by the Pirates television broadcast crew as Olivia, made a nice play by adjusting to the ball as it changed direction after...
Via Holdout Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

It might be time for the Pittsburgh Pirates to consider selling at the deadline.

Pittsburgh Pirates fans have a hard reality ahead of them. 2016 looks like a lost season. The division is all but gone, they are falling farther out of the Wild Card race, injuries are mounting, their rotation and bullpen have holes. There is plenty of season left, and one good run could put them back in the wild card race, but in all likelihood ‘Buctober’ isn’t happening...
Via Hot Stove MLB
6 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s time for the Pirates to move out of their comfort zone with their young pitchers (or: Games 65 and 66: Locke and Nicasio suck)

This week is the entire Pirates’ season in a microcosm: on Tuesday night, Jameson Taillon spun a gem against the Mets, shutting them out for eight innings and giving their offense plenty of time to wear Jacob deGrom out to build a lead. It was a great win and it was great because it was one of the reminders of what the Pirates are supposed to look like, which is something that’s...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates are in trouble

If we’re being honest, the Pittsburgh Pirates were always long shots to make the Postseason in 2016. In a division that features the powerhouse Chicago Cubs and the always dangerous St. Louis Cardinals, the Pirates’ chances entering the year were slim. Almost everything needed to go perfectly in order for them to make it, but so far, everything has gone horribly wrong. Injuries...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates place Gerrit Cole on 15-day DL

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They’re 3-7 over their last 10 games, sit 11.5 games behind the National League Central leading Chicago Cubs, and have been passed by the St. Louis Cardinals for second. Now, star pitcher Gerrit Cole is going on the disabled list. The Pirates also intend to place RHP Gerrit Cole on the 15-day disabled list with...
Via Sportsnaut
12 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates’ Lousy Weekend Might Have Sunk Their Season

It was the tale of two cities in Pittsburgh this weekend. On Sunday, the local hockey team won the Stanley Cup, reaching the highest heights an NHL team can manage, adding another championship to the cities storied legacy. But at the same time the Penguins were setting in motion plans for a parade, the Pirates were getting swept by their division-rival from St. Louis. At home, no...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB commissioner causes confusion over Pirates' draft pick

There was a lot of confusion surrounding the selection of Will Craig by the Pittsburgh Pirates at No. 22 overall in the MLB Draft, but it turns out it was all an error. Craig pitched and played third base in college for Wake Forest, but it was with his bat where he really stood out. For that reason, most viewed his future as a pro coming as a position player. That’s why the way...
Via Larry Brown Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

What's going on with Andrew McCutchen's slow start?

When fans think of the resurgence of the Pittsburgh Pirates, they should think of their star center fielder, Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen has become one of the game's elite players and has the trophy case to prove it. The five-time All-Star has added four Silver Sluggers, a Gold Glove and the 2013 NL MVP to his mantle, all the while displaying one of baseball's most iconic smiles...
Via The Sports Quotient
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Taillon expected to debut for Pirates Wednesday

One of the best arms in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization is set to make his Major League debut on Wednesday, as the Bucs will call up Jameson Taillon to take on the New York Mets. The #Pirates announce RHP Jameson Taillon (@JTaillon19) is expected make his MLB debut tomorrow (Wed) at 7:05pm. pic.twitter.com/wXHQ4fM1l7 — #VotePirates (@Pirates) June 7, 2016 Taillon is the...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates introduce starting lineup with Game of Thrones themed opening

The hit series Game of Thrones has slowly seeped its way into the sports world in some way, shape or form. The latest comes from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates clearly drew inspiration from the highly acclaimed HBO series, as they constructed an opening based on the show to introduce the team’s starting lineup. Needless to say, the team captured the essence of Westeros...
Via The Comeback
19 days ago  |  Discuss

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