First Pitch: The 2014 Version of Jeff Locke Looks Like the Real Deal
Jun25

First Pitch: The 2014 Version of Jeff Locke Looks Like the Real Deal

Last year Jeff Locke was an All-Star in the first half. His 2.15 ERA looked like the numbers of a top of the rotation pitcher. And none of it would last. We threw around the word “regression” last year, talking about how Locke wouldn’t continue pitching the way he was pitching. He had a 3.80 FIP and a 4.21 xFIP in the first half, which suggested the strong ERA wouldn’t last. It didn’t, although Locke went...

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Starling Marte Removed From Game With Concussion-like Symptoms
Jun24

Starling Marte Removed From Game With Concussion-like Symptoms

Starling Marte left tonight’s game in the top of the fifth inning after sliding head first into second base and hitting shortstop Yunel Escobar’s knee with his head. The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that Marte was removed┬ábecause of “concussion-like symptoms.” He is currently being treated and evaluated. UPDATE 10:46 PM: Clint Hurdle said that Marte was taken to the hospital for a CT scan. There was no...

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Pirates Are Going to Find Playing Time For Josh Harrison as a Super Utility Player
Jun24

Pirates Are Going to Find Playing Time For Josh Harrison as a Super Utility Player

Josh Harrison has had a phenomenal year so far. He has played second base, third base, shortstop, and the corner outfield spots. He’s been a leadoff hitter when the Pirates needed a leadoff guy. He was a right fielder before Gregory Polanco arrived, bridging the gap while the Pirates waited for their top prospect to arrive. He filled in as the second baseman when Neil Walker was out. Overall he’s hitting for a...

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Josh Bell Selected For the Future’s Game
Jun24

Josh Bell Selected For the Future’s Game

Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Josh Bell has been selected to MLB’s Futures Game. Bell is the lone representative for the Pirates. He’s been playing for the Bradenton Marauders this season, and putting up outstanding numbers so far. He’s got a .336/.386/.518 line in 274 at-bats this season, and the numbers in June have been even better. Bell is on fire this month, with a .427/.482/.707 line with five homers in...

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Pirates Outright Jose Tabata to Triple-A, With Comments From Clint Hurdle
Jun24

Pirates Outright Jose Tabata to Triple-A, With Comments From Clint Hurdle

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Neil Walker from the 15-day disabled list. To make room, they have outrighted Jose Tabata to Triple-A Indianapolis. It’s unclear whether the Pirates had to put Tabata through waivers before outrighting him, but the move means he’s not on the 40-man roster. The Pirates still owe him his full salary amount, which is the remainder of his $3 M this year, along with $8.5 M the next two...

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