Kristy Robinson

  • Analysis
    Can the Pirates Sustain First Half Success?

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have been the story of the first half of the season. Andrew McCutchen is putting up numbers worthy of an MVP, James McDonald is evolving in to a number one starter, and A.J. Burnett has put up an impressive season away from New York. But just like last year,...

  • Analysis
    Zoltan Bonding Club, Fans Together

    Dan O'Brian (far left) and fellow Pirates fans flash the "Z" outside PNC Park It started on a road trip at the end of April when the Pirates were sitting below .500 and fourth in the National League Central. Second baseman Neil Walker was flipping through the channels in the clubhouse while on the road...

  • Prospect Notebook
    Prospect Notebook: Cole Reflects on Futures Game, Colla Incorporates Long Toss

    Gerrit Cole has always been a starter, so when he was asked to warm up in the bullpen in the first inning of the MLB Futures game on Sunday, it was a little strange for the right-hander. “It was weird,” Cole said. “I think it was weird for everybody. We had 10...

  • Analysis
    Pirates Shuffle Rotation for Second Half

    The Pittsburgh Pirates rotation will have a new look heading into the second half of the 2012 season. Manager Clint Hurdle said on Sunday that the rotation will kick off on July 13 in Milwaukee with James McDonald. Following McDonald will be Kevin Correia then A.J. Burnett. Jeff Karstens and Erik Bedard...

  • Analysis
    Hurdle and Alvarez Share a Bond

    Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle knows the challenges of high expectations. They were put on him when he was drafted in the first round (ninth overall) by the Kansas City Royals in the 1975 draft. At just 20-years-old, Hurdle made his Major League debut and was on a Sports Illustrated cover being labeled as the...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: McCutchen, Walker Power Bucs to Strong First Half Finish

    PITTSBURGH, PA — When Andrew McCutchen steps to the plate, more often than not, he does something special. In the final game before the All-Star break, McCutchen put on a display of why he’s worthy of National League MVP conversations. After Neil Walker doubled off San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum with one-out in the...

  • Analysis
    Andrew McCutchen Calls On Old Coach For Home Run Derby

    PITTSBURGH, PA -- When Andrew McCutchen was playing High School in Fort Meade, Florida, he used to joke around with his coach that one day he would be in the Home Run Derby. Little did he know that it would come true in just his fourth season in the big leagues. McCutchen...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: McCutchen Won’t Repeat Second Half Slump

    Andrew McCutchen had learned a lot from his second half struggles last year with the Pirates. After hitting .291 heading into the All-Star break, the club fell out of first place and McCutchen tried to do too much at the plate. He hit just .216 in the second half of the season....

  • Analysis
    Andrew McCutchen Putting Up MVP Numbers

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- In front of our very own eyes, Pittsburgh fans are seeing an All-Star develop into a superstar. Andrew McCutchen can do it all. He showcased his unbelievable talent against the San Francisco Giants on Friday picking up three hits and driving in a pair of runs. "He very well could be,"...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Bedard Not Same Pitcher Since Injury

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Erik Bedard started the season out very strong in his first season as a Pirate. The lefty sported a 2.48 ERA over his first five starts in April and pitched more than seven innings twice during that span. But since exiting his seventh start of the season with back...

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