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Neil Walker, Jordy Mercer turn acrobatic DP (VIDEO)

This tremendous double play by Neil Walker and Jordy Mercer came with the bases loaded and no outs in the second inning on Tuesday, helping to prevent a big inning for the Reds. It turned out they didn’t need any more runs, but hey, it was still a great play worth another look: Original article: Neil Walker, Jordy Mercer turn acrobatic DP (VIDEO)©2015 Raise the Jolly Roger. All...
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Pirates lose, McCutchen rants

If you were like me, maybe you thought that returning to PNC Park – following an off day – and facing a rookie (making his second career start) would help the Pirates snap out of this funk a little bit. It didn’t. Starling Marte hit a solo homer in the second, but once again the Pirates went an entire game without driving in a runner that was on base. And they didn’t get...
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10 hours ago  |  Discuss

The problem with 12-13

One year ago today, the Pirates were 12-19. That was the NL’s third worst record through May 4th, and it put the Bucs behind the Brewers by 8 1/2 games in the NL Central. The Pirates finished the season from that point on at 76-55, erasing the deficit with the Brewers, nearly catching the Cardinals, and winning the NL’s first Wild Card spot. The Pirates played some ugly baseball...
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

More hardware for Pirates' Cole

Pirates' ace Gerrit Cole had an outstanding April and was awarded the National League Pitcher of the Month on Monday. “The fastball and the way he commands it makes him dynamic,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told “He wants to be a master craftsman out on the mound, and that's what he has been.” Cole was 4-0 with a 1.76 ERA in April and, according to
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Gerrit Cole named NL Pitcher of the Month

Congrats to Gerrit Cole on being named the NL Pitcher of the Month! — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 4, 2015 (Worth noting that the WHIP was 0.98, not .098. Still pretty good.) Cole becomes the first Pirates pitcher to earn a pitcher of the month honor since Randy Tomlin in 1992, which is pretty incredible. There’s little doubt that...
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Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 4-27-15 to 5-3-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 4/27/15 thru 5/3/15, the 4th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 1 Win and 5 Losses, 14 Runs Scored and 18 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: Jung Ho Kang. Kang started just two games but made the biggest offensive impact of any Pirates hitter this week. He provided the club with two game tying...
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Burnett holding runners better

  A.J. Burnett knows he's knows the quickest to the plate, but he also knows how important it is to control the running game. “I'm not the quickest guy anymore to home,” Burnett told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I just try to vary my holds and get them flat-footed.” And so far it appears to be working. The season is only a month old, but Burnett is doing a much better job...
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Morton's rehab going well

  If all goes well right-hander Charlie Morton could rejoin the Pirates rotation in the relatively near future. Morton, recovering from labrum surgery, recently pitched in a sim game, according to The report states that Morton “made 93 pitches in a six-inning workout he and Jim Benedict were both satisfied with.” “Benedict, the pitching specialist on general manager...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates try to salvage a game in St. Louis

Do we have to talk about yesterday’s game? One of my least favorite 2014 memories was the carbon-copy back-to-back walkoff losses the Pirates had in St. Louis in the early summer, one on a Matt Adams walkoff homer and one on a Kolten Wong walkoff homer. We’re barely into the 2015 season at all and the Pirates have already created a stomach-churning counterpart to that. After...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates offensive woes continue

In the most important series of the season so far for the Pittsburgh Pirates, they’ve failed to perform. Both of the first two games in St. Louis have had a common theme and that is lack of run support. It has been a problem all season and figures to continue as there have been no indications of anything changing in the near future. On Friday night, A.J. Burnett took the hill looking...
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Pittsburgh Pirates Look To Ride A Solid April To The Postseason

When you look at the Pittsburgh Pirates, they are going to finish the month of April above .500. No, they are not going to be in the driver’s seat as far as the National League Central is concerned. In fact, they are not even technically a playoff team right now. However, they are right where they need to be to try to make their 3rd consecutive trip to the postseason. They have...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 23: Cardinals 2 Pirates 1

Before the game, I wrote this: Last year, the Pirates were 8-11 against the Cardinals. They lost six of those games by one run (two of those were walkoffs), and another one on a walkoff two-run home run. The Pirates lost the NL Central by two games last year. There are plenty of things that happen in a 162-game season to separate two teams out from each other, but when the 2014...
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The Pittsburgh Pirates And St. Louis Cardinals: Series Preview

Gerrit Cole leads the Pirates with a 1.76 ERA. The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals are set to square off on Friday night for the beginning of their weekend series. Both teams have a winning record coming out of the month of April and into May, and both teams are looking extremely solid at the plate and out in the field. The Cardinals are currently sitting at 15-and-6...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Pittsburgh Pirates NL Central favorites after Wainwright’s injury?

The St. Louis Cardinals received crushing information earlier this week as they learned their ace Adam Wainwright would miss the remainder of the season due to an ankle injury. As the Cardinals were obviously devastated by this news, the rest of the NL Central took a sigh of relief. Wainwright has been dominant for the majority of his career and is a driving force for the Cardinals...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates’ Pitcher A.J. Burnett Isn’t Done Yet

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett throws against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning of a baseball game on Monday, April 20, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) A.J. Burnett is not as young as he once was. The 38-year-old right-hander is a seasoned veteran, having spent time with the Marlins, Blue Jays, Yankees, Pirates, and Phillies in his 15-year major...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pedro Alvarez’s Power Essential for Pirates’ Success

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pedro Alvarez connects on a two-run single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The Pittsburgh Pirates are not a power team. They get their share of home runs, sure, but the Bucs’ long ball totals aren’t owed in particular to any one person. In 2014, nine...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Profcast: Gerrit Cole The Ace

In Episode 185, Professors Jake Devereaux (@DevJake) and Bryan Curley (@BaseballProf) recap some fantasy relevant news from Wednesday. Topics include: Newly minted ace Gerrit Cole and just how good he can be Hanley Ramirez as a possible fantasy MVP Some more MVP cases for Miguel Cabrera and Joey Votto Whether it’s time to buy J.A. Happ? The incredible Dallas Keuchel You...
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WATCH: Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher Garritt Cole Causes 1B Pedro Alvarez to be Credited With An Error

Gerritt Cole can throw some serious heat. So when he turns and tries to pick off a base runner at first it stands to reason that he is going to throw as fast as he can. Apparently his pick-off throw to Pedro Alvarez was a little too hard Wednesday night. The ball tore right threw Alvarez's glove meaning the base runner was not only safe, but he had an easy run to second.For not making...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Offense Has Come To Life

Neil Walker has been on fire for the Pittsburgh Pirates The Pittsburgh Pirates came out of the gate slow, and slow doesn’t even correctly identify the sluggish start the Pirates had. The Pirates were below .500 up until this weekend series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Pirates were able to sweep the Diamondbacks in Arizona. The Pirates scored a total of 14 runs in the...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Bucs’ Watson, Rox McMahon, Belle the Beast, much more

Tony Watson was an All-Star last season. If you’re a casual fan and the Pirates aren’t your team, you maybe weren’t aware of that. The 29-year-old left-hander isn’t exactly a household name. Opposing hitters know who he is. Working as a set-up man in the City of Bridges, Watson had a 1.63 ERA in 78 […]
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates, Gregory Polanco Catching Fire

Gregory Polanco has been on fire at the plate for the Pittsburgh Pirates recently The Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t lived up to all the expectations that have ensued after a promising 2014, but the team is starting to catch fire behind the play of a few players, one of those players being Gregory Polanco. Gregory Polanco is currently batting .300, a team high, among starters. The...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Fan hit in head with ball at MLB game released from hospital

The Pittsburgh Pirates fan who was hit in the head with a foul ball Monday night, was released from the hospital Tuesday. The woman, whose identity hasn’t been released, was removed on a stretcher after a foul ball back to the screen struck her in the back of the head. The fan had her back to the field and was hit in the head with a line drive foul ball off the bat of Chicago...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Fan at Pirates game hit by foul ball through netting

This is horrifying, and something you would never expect or hope to happen. During Monday night’s Cubs-Pirates game, a fan behind home plate was struck with a foul ball hit by Starlin Castro through the netting. The netting didn’t snap, but the fan was standing close enough to the netting where it gave enough to still hit her in the head. HOLY JESUS! This just happened...
Via The Outside Corner
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Pete Rose joining Fox brings reinstatement one step closer

This weekend, Fox Sports blew the mind of baseball fans across the country when they hired banned MLB hit king Pete Rose as a studio analyst. While there was some negative feedback for Fox following the hire, many baseball fans were enthused and overjoyed about Fox bringing Rose closer to the game, regardless of how good or bad he’ll end up as an on-air analyst. But Fox...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

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