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Pittsburgh Pirates: The right move was no move?!?

(Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug; opening image credit Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Over the past 7 games, the mathematical percentage of the Pittsburgh Pirates reaching the National League playoffs  has dropped from over 60% down to just 20.8% during a 7-game losing streak that’s seen the club not only sink to 64-62, but also descend back to .500 baseball (21-21) since July 1st....
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Is Jordy Mercer Here to Stay?

In the preseason we at BaseballProf ranked Jordy Mercer 29th among all second basemen and 27th among all shortstops, writing the following in our 2014 Draft Guide: At 6’3, 205 lbs, Mercer has a pretty large frame that could fill out over the next few years, so a 15-20 HR season isn’t entirely out of the question. If he can drop his strikeout rate to 14-15%, he’ll look much...
Via Baseball Professor
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Streakiness of MLB Playoff Teams

The Pittsburgh Pirates are mired in a season worst 6 game losing streak that has left many people questioning if the Pirates are still playoff contenders. This got me thinking about how this Pirates team compares to past MLB playoff teams in terms of streakiness. Since the advent of the wildcard in 1995 there have been 156 playoff teams. 68 of them (43.6%) endured losing streaks...
Via Hidden Vigorish
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Rare Emergence of Jordy Mercer: Is He Here to Stay?

League-wide, shortstops have notoriously been the least productive hitters of any position player on the diamond. This isn’t a new phenomenon though. They’ve been consistently under-producing offensively since umpires have been calling balls and strikes. Shortstop is undeniably one of the toughest positions to play at the Major League level.   Click here to read more on numberFire...
Via Batting Leadoff
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Neil Walker hits home run ball into Allegheny River ... no really (VIDEO)

On Monday night, Pirates second baseman Neil Walker jacked a baseball over the PNC Park stands and into the Allegheny River and no, it wasn't just a mic'd up Andrew McCutchen's exaggeration of the home run shot.Walker literally hit the ball into the river.Walker's solo home run was just the 35th ever to reach the Allegheny River on a bounce, and he's 23rd player...
Via The Other Paper
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Four MLB teams that were previously counted out but are still in playoff contention

Miami is now within shouting distance of the Giants, but they’ll have to pass two teams in between them—one of which is the Pittsburgh Pirates.After washing away a drought of 21 consecutive losing seasons, the Bucs are vying for a much more pleasant streak: back-to-back playoff appearances.The chances of this happening—like the season itself—has taken on the effects of a...
Via The Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Neil Walker Launches A Home Run Into The Water For The Pirates

Your browser does not support iframes. The Pirates were playing the Braves on Monday and found themselves down 6-1 in the 3rd when Neil Walker came up to bat and blasted a ball clear out of the PNC Park and into the water. Sure, it only cut Atlanta’s lead to four runs but that doesn’t make the shot any less impressive. That ball left the bat like it was late for a meeting with...
Via Next Impulse Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Andrew McCutchen expected back Tuesday

The Pittsburgh Pirates expect to activate center fielder Andrew McCutchen Tuesday afternoon say MLB.com's Tom Singer and Stephen Pianovich. Tuesday is the first day of eligibility for him to return from the disabled list from his fractured rib suffered on August 2. It is not a guarantee, but it is highly possible.Per Hurdle, #pirates optimistic McCutchen can "rejoin us...
Via MLB Injury News
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Clint Hurdle throws up hands in frustration, starts Pedro Alvarez at first base

Ike Davis has not been a particularly great acquisition for the Pirates this year. I guess he’s provided the Pirates some Garrett-Jones-level production for slightly less money than Garrett Jones would’ve cost, but Garrett-Jones-level production these days is about replacement level, which is squarely where Davis sits in his few months with the Pirates. You don’t trade potentially...
Via WHYGAVS?
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Starling Marte, Josh Harrison

The Pittsburgh Pirates fell to the Washington Nationals on Sunday in 11 innings by the score of 6-5. The loss dropped the Pirates to 64-60 on the season, third in the National League Central. The Pirates are still in good position to make a run at the post season with 38 games left, but need better performance from a staff that is 16th in the league in ERA. There was some minor...
Via Sports Injury Alert
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pirates fan rides tidal wave of emotions during loss

During Sunday night’s Pirates-Nationals game at Nationals Park, the Root Sports cameras kept cutting to a young Pirates fan in the front row that experienced a vast array of emotions during the evening. He went from anger, to sadness, to elation, and back to utter depression when Scott Hairston’s walk off sac fly ended the game. Poor guy. We’ve all been there before. It’s alright, buddy.
Via The Outside Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Martinez Historically Horrible (Update)

Michael Martinez might seem like a harmless individual. Those outside the state of Pennsylvania probably don't understand the depths of his awfulness.  Thanks to parts of 4 seasons in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh he's amassed enough playing time to sink to historically horrible levels.  Mini-Mart's career batting average is down to .182, which ranks 4,440 out of  4...
Via More Hardball
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Neil Walker back out of the lineup, Pirates hope Jeff Locke can help stem pitching woes

One day after Neil Walker’s second start in the month of August for a back injury that’s kept him inactive for two weeks but not on the disabled list, Walker is out of the lineup again tonight. I’m honestly speechless; the Pirates have had a pretty bad habit of keeping short rosters due to injured-but-not-disabled players for the entire Neal Huntington era, but they’ve never...
Via WHYGAVS?
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Avast ye matey, John Axford dons Pirate garb to celebrate joining Pirates (photo)

When the Pittsburgh Pirates claimed John Axford off waivers on Thursday, the team probably did not expect that the relief pitcher would so wholeheartedly greet the sudden change of scenery. So much so, in fact, that Axford, something of an eccentric fellow in his own right, outfitted himself in full pirate garb in order to […] The post Avast ye matey, John Axford dons Pirate garb...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Jordy Mercer, Stolmy Pimentel, Neil Walker

The Pittsburgh Pirates continue to stay in contention for a playoff place but they are going to have to overcome a few injuries if they are going to be playing come October. With Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker currently sidelined, Jordy Mercer joined them as a concern during Thursday's game when he exited with right forearm tightness, while Stolmy Pimentel is heading to...
Via Sports Injury Alert
6 days ago  |  Discuss
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