PIRATES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Pirates’ Cole will visit elbow specialist, to miss Monday’s start

Pittsburgh Pirates ace right-hander Gerrit Cole clearly hasn’t been himself as of late. Everyone goes through slumps, but the Pirates have admitted it could be more than that. Cole will miss his next scheduled start, so he can visit an elbow specialist in Los Angeles. Sources: #Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole will NOT start Monday v […] The post Pirates’ Cole will visit elbow specialist...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 hour ago

Rookie Bell seizes Pirates’ first base job

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed John Jaso as a free agent last December with the idea he would be a bridge to the future. That bridge was official at the start of the week when manager Clint Hurdle said that switch-hitting rookie Josh Bell will likely get the majority starts at first base for the foreseeable […] The post Rookie Bell seizes Pirates’ first base job appeared first...
Via Today's Knuckleball
4 hours ago

Vogelsong rewriting ending to Pirates career

Ryan Vogelsong, coming back from his latest bout of adversity, continues to provide baseball with an uplifting story. More to the current point, he is providing the Pittsburgh Pirates with outs.
Via Pirates.com
18 hours ago

Jordy Mercer hits grand slam, Pirates hold off Brewers 5-3

MILWAUKEE (AP) Jordy Mercer's first career grand slam capped a five-run sixth inning that started with two errors by Milwaukee third baseman Jonathan Villar, and the Pittsburgh Pirates held on for a 5-3 win on Friday night over the Brewers. Villar bobbled a bouncer by Andrew McCutchen to open the sixth, then threw wildly to second after making a diving stab on Gregory Polanco's...
Via Associated Press
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' playoff run receiving boost from Cutch

As the Pirates gear up for a playoff push, they may be getting a return to form from Andrew McCutchen.
Via Pirates.com
22 hours ago

Pleskoff Scouting Report: Austin Meadows

  TEAM: Pittsburgh Pirates AGE: 21 POSITION: OF BATS: Left THROWS: Left HEIGHT: 6-foot-3 WEIGHT: 200 lbs. ACQUIRED: The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Meadows in the first round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia. ***** STRENGTHS Meadows is a complete player with multiple skills. Probably his best and most advanced tool is his...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Meadows: 'I'm 110 percent on Clemson'

It has been a little over a month since Grayson (Ga.) outfielder Parker Meadows committed to Clemson on July 25, but the excitement of being a Tiger hasn’t worn off at all for him. “I’m just as excited as when I did commit,” Meadows said during a recent interview with The Clemson Insider. “Nothing’s really changed there. I’m 110 percent on Clemson, and I’m really...
Via The Clemson Insider
1 day ago

Brewers rally with Nieuwenhuis homer, fall 3-2 to Pirates in 10 innings

MILWAUKEE -- Andrew McCutchen hit a home run and a pair of RBI singles, including the tiebreaker in the 10th inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates stopped a nine-game skid at Miller Park, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 Thursday night.McCutchen has 44 RBIs in 56 career games at Miller Park, his highest total at any opposing park.McCutchen homered into the second tier of seats in left...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name the Pittsburg Pirates leaders in games played for each position

The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of Major League Baseball's long-standing franchises, so it is easily believed that a number of great players played and stayed with the team. Can you name every player that played the most games for the Pirates at each position? Clue: Position-Number of games played (or started for the pitcher)/Years active with the team
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Complete Game Super Nova An Oasis For Pitching-Deprived Owners

Yesterday, Ivan Nova threw a complete game with one earned run -- 9 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks -- ERA at 3.20 on the Pirates, after having a 4.90 ERA on the Yankees.  This Ray Searage guy can do miracles.  People should travel far and wide to go see him with their ailments, anguish and general malaise.  "So, I was standing in line for a frappuccino and I was thinking, 'What...
Via Razzball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Freese trade analysis and Taillon’s red line

PNC PARK – So I’m an idiot. Earlier today on our Pirates podcast I surmised it was unlikely Freese would be back with the Pirates next season. Whoops. About an hour later, Freese, of course, signed a two-year extension with a club option for 2019. It’s $11 million guaranteed and could be worth up to $16.5 million. Interestingly, Freese did not receive much applause Monday...
Via Bucco Blog
4 days ago

Remember that the Wild Card cuts both ways

There is no major American sport that treats its first division runner-up worse than baseball does. In the NFL, the team with the best record that fails to win a division plays the worst division winner in the Wild Card Round. The division-winner gets home-field advantage, but often has a worse record than the wild card team. In the NHL, divisional playoffs are held. It takes two...
Via WHYGAVS?
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Vogelsong upset how Jordan Lyles handled hitting him in face with pitch

Earlier this season, Ryan Vogelsong was hit in the face by a pitch from Jordan Lyles. On Thursday, he explained why he’s still upset with the Rockies pitcher. On May 23, Vogelsong suffered multiple facial fractures as a result of a 92 mph offering from Lyles hitting him in cheek. While Vogelsong (who is a pitcher himself) forgives Lyles for the incident itself, he’s discussed...
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Game whatever who cares: Braves 8 Pirates 4

Here is what I would like explained to me: How on Earth can you go through a trade deadline and behave like a team that believes its playoff chances are not completely extinguished this year, then put Jeff Locke on the mound 48 hours later? And if you do go ahead and put Jeff Locke on the mound, then why is he pitching in the fifth inning when he is slowly losing his grip on this...
Via WHYGAVS?
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Shed Salary at the Cost of Two Prospects

The trade of reliever Mark Melancon by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Washington Nationals sent a clear message: the Pirates are in retool mode. Not rebuild mode — they’re too good for that. And certainly not go-for-it mode — the Pirates barely had a 1-in-10 shot of making the playoffs, and you don’t go for it by trading away one of the best relievers in the game. No, the...
Via Fangraphs
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Francisco Liriano reportedly traded to Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays apparently weren’t finished after trading for veteran right-hander Scott Feldman earlier in the day on Monday. According to Robert Murray of FanRag Sports on Monday, the Jays have acquired lefty Francisco Liriano from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Source: Blue Jays get Liriano from Pirates — Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayFRS) August 1, 2016 Stephen J. Nesbitt...
Via Larry Brown Sports
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates swept at Miller Park. Again.

Here’s the thing about an easy schedule: it doesn’t do much good if you don’t beat the bad teams that make the schedule easy. The Pirates went into Miller Park this weekend playing relatively good baseball, then scored six times in three games in being swept at Miller Park for the ten millionth time in the 16 year history of the stadium. It is pretty tempting to complain about...
Via WHYGAVS?
26 days ago  |  Discuss

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
28 days ago  |  Discuss
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