First Pitch: Remembering When Win 82 Mattered, and the New Expectations
Sep19

First Pitch: Remembering When Win 82 Mattered, and the New Expectations

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ losing streak featured a lot of desperation from Pirates fans. At times, it felt like the Pirates would never have a winning season again. For so long, fans were convinced that the only way the Pirates could have a winning season would be if everything went right, and the NL Central was weak. Every player had to have a career year. Every prospect had to be in the majors, and working out. Every off-season...

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Charlie Morton’s Availability For Sunday Start Up in the Air
Sep18

Charlie Morton’s Availability For Sunday Start Up in the Air

Charlie Morton is scheduled to throw a bullpen before tonight’s game against the Red Sox. How he feels afterwards will determine whether or not he is able to start Sunday against the Brewers. According to Pirates’ manager Clint Hurdle, Morton felt good throwing off of flat ground since he made his start on Tuesday night. However, his bullpen session will prove whether or not he is comfortable enough throwing off of a mound. “I...

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2014 Bradenton Marauders Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Sep18

2014 Bradenton Marauders Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

In 2014, the Bradenton Marauders featured the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league pitcher and player of the year. Tyler Glasnow was coming off an incredible season in West Virginia in 2013, when he won the Pitcher of the Year award. He followed that up with another impressive season in Bradenton, taking the award for the second year in a row. Josh Bell started the year in Bradenton, and started to show why he received a $5 M bonus...

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Morning Report: The Altoona Prospects Should Provide Plenty of Help for Pirates
Sep18

Morning Report: The Altoona Prospects Should Provide Plenty of Help for Pirates

Yesterday, we took a look at the top ten prospects for Indianapolis and mentioned how the bottom of the AAA list almost always looks weak compared to other levels. I pointed out that other levels usually have guys that seem like top ten prospects, but they get squeezed out due to numbers. The higher you go in the organization, the more prospects fail, so it’s no surprise that AAA has less potential upside than AA and Altoona had...

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First Pitch: Aside From Francisco Liriano, Who Should Be in the Pirates’ Playoff Rotation?
Sep18

First Pitch: Aside From Francisco Liriano, Who Should Be in the Pirates’ Playoff Rotation?

The Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t clinched anything yet. But it’s becoming quite clear that this team is going to the playoffs. They currently sit 2.5 games back in the NL Central, 2.5 games back from the first Wild Card spot, and 2.5 games in the lead for the second Wild Card spot. The Milwaukee Brewers are the only threat to their playoff chances, and the red-hot Pirates play Milwaukee at home this weekend. They follow that...

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Clint Barmes is the Latest Injury Replacement to Step Up and Lead the Pirates to Victory
Sep17

Clint Barmes is the Latest Injury Replacement to Step Up and Lead the Pirates to Victory

When one player goes down, there is another player ready to step in and do the job. Jordy Mercer’s back tightened up and has been unable to play the first two games of the series against the Red Sox. But as has been the case all year for the Pittsburgh Pirates, when one player goes down, another player is ready to step in and contribute. Clint Barmes did so in a major way Wednesday night in the Pirates 9-1 victory over the Red Sox....

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