• Pirates Notebook: Hurdle Not Too Worried About Reliever Innings

    The performance of the bullpen has played a role in the the Pirates’ winning ways, especially given the many close games they have won. Pittsburgh’s relievers are ranked 2nd in the National League in ERA, 3rd in strikeout percentage and 4th in FIP. That success has not come without a cost, though,...

  • Pirates Notebook: Pitchers Working on Historic Run of Run Prevention

    One moment in particular struck me about the Pirates’ 5-4 win in Milwaukee on Sunday. If Wandy Rodriguez had been able to retire Norichika Aoki or Jean Segura or Ryan Braun in the 5th inning, the Bucs would have exited Miller Park having given up only five total runs in the three-game series. You can...

  • Pirates Notebook: Snider’s Slam Swing Sustains Strong Start

    Maybe Brad Lincoln hits a pinch-hit home run if you give him a chance. Travis Snider did so to lead the Pirates to a 5-4 victory Tuesday, all a part of a successful 2013 campaign with the Pirates after being swapped for Lincoln. His approach has been strong this season: swinging at...

  • Pirates Notebook: Jeff Karstens Talks Rehab, Role With Team

    Pitcher Jeff Karstens threw a bullpen session Tuesday afternoon in his continued rehabilitation back to the Major Leagues. Karstens is scheduled to make another rehab start Thursday or Friday. In his last start Saturday for Altoona, Karstens gave up two hits and two walks for two unearned runs in the first innings,...

  • Pirates Notebook: Andrew McCutchen Scratched From Lineup

    What a two months it has been for Starling Marte. The Pirates left fielder has evolved from a potential-packed-but-raw leadoff hitter to a possible All-Star. Marte was set to have a day off before the team’s scheduled off-day Monday, but Andrew McCutchen is a late scratch due to right knee soreness, so...

  • Pirates Notebook: Burnett Takes Mound As NL Strikeout Leader

    A.J. Burnett will start Saturday night with the most strikeouts (72) in the National League and 25,000 bobbleheads with his face in the PNC Park stands. While he trails MLB leader Yu Darvish (86 strikeouts), Burnett faces a Houston offense that has struck out the most times in baseball this season. Burnett’s...

  • Pirates Notebook: Robbie Grossman Finally Comes To Pittsburgh

    Outfielder Robbie Grossman will make his PNC Park debut Friday night in the leadoff spot, five years after the Pirates drafted him in the sixth round. He won’t take the field in black and gold, but rather in blue and orange. Almost four years after he signed with the Pirates out of...

  • Pirates Notebook: Four Things We Have Learned About Pirates Pitchers

    We took a look on Monday at five Pirates hitters and which stats have a large enough 2013 sample size for us to see year-to-year changes. Now it’s time for the pitchers. Remember a couple important caveats. First, batting statistics tend to be more reliable than pitching statistics, especially in small samples. Second,...

  • Pirates Notebook: Five Things We Have Learned About Pirates Hitters

    It’s a three-word term you will hear often early in the season: small sample size. Carlos Gomez leads the NL in batting average? Small sample size. Chris Davis is second in the majors in OPS? Small sample size. B.J. Upton is last in the NL in on-base percentage? You get the point....

  • Pirates Notebook: First-Pitch Strikes Key for Rodriguez

    Wandy Rodriguez returned from injury Friday for the Pittsburgh Pirates and promptly mowed down the hottest team in baseball. Rodriguez was sharp from the beginning and allowed just one hit in seven innings and combined with Mark Melancon and Vin Mazzarro to face the minimum of 27 batters in the Pirates’ 6-0 win...

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