Comments on: Alvarez, Jones Homer to Beat Brewers, Set Franchise Record with 50th Win Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:31:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: emjayinTN Sun, 30 Jun 2013 12:38:23 +0000 Although we lost AJ Burnette and Wandy Rodriguez early in June, this team has gone 13-4 over that period and are riding an 8 game winning streak with only 2 of those wins coming at PNC. We need Burnett and Rodriguez, but the pitching staff has really stepped up like I have never seen before, and the hitters led by Pedro Alvarez are hitting like we all hoped they would at the beginning of the season. We could still see improvement out of some of the Bucs, but it has truly been a total team effort. I know at times he has not been the most visible guy hitting, but Russell Martin has provided a professional leadership to the pitching staff, and teams think twice or three times before they try to steal. He has been a real solid player for the Pirates, and gives off a type of tough guy presence needed by a team of young players. We will finish the first half of the season with the best record in the majors, and have 9 home games/3 road games prior to the All Star Break. We also have a day off tomorrow and another in the following week – hopefully we can limp through and allow Burnett and Rodriguez another two weeks. Burnett is probably only a week away at most, but we’ll see how it goes.