Pirate Offense Anemic in 4-0 Shutout Loss
Aug30

Pirate Offense Anemic in 4-0 Shutout Loss

After banging out 13 runs between their last two games, the Pittsburgh Pirates (77-56) could not get on the board Thursday night as Yovani Gallardo once again dominated the Pirates for seven shutout innings. On the other side, the Milwaukee Brewers (59-74) scored a run off Pirate starter Gerrit Cole in three of the first four innings to take control of the contest from early on and coast to a 4-0 triumph. With the loss, Pittsburgh...

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Pirates Notebook: Breaking Bad Locke
Aug29

Pirates Notebook: Breaking Bad Locke

In a move that does make sense logistically, but has some shock value when looking at it at face value, the Pirates sent Jeff Locke to Double-A Altoona yesterday to clear space for new acquisitions Marlon Byrd and John Buck. The deciding factor of the move was what Neal Huntington said would give Locke a “short break” while the Pirates could maintain a full roster until Altoona’s season ends next week. Huntington...

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Pirates Playoff Odds After Trading for Marlon Byrd, John Buck
Aug29

Pirates Playoff Odds After Trading for Marlon Byrd, John Buck

It would take a Hindenburg-esque crash for the Pirates to miss the MLB postseason (98-percent chance Bucs make it), but it is unlikely they will take the NL Central over the St. Louis Cardinals (32 percent). The Bucs can shoulder some blame. The Pirates are 12-13 in August, a month that started with their 13-0 loss to the Cards. Meanwhile, St. Louis has rolled off a 16-11 record since the July 31 trade deadline, including those two...

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Byrd Homers in Debut, Morton Fires a Gem as Pirates Win 7-1
Aug29

Byrd Homers in Debut, Morton Fires a Gem as Pirates Win 7-1

Marlon Byrd didn’t have the game-winning hit or even the knockout blow, really, when the Pirates beat the Brewers Wednesday. But, the Pirates’ newest addition to the starting lineup made the most noise with a three-run home run over the center field fence and into the bushes that broke open a 4-1 ballgame in the bottom of the seventh. “It was one of those things, you come to a new team, new stadium, new fans, new...

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Pirates Notebook: What Now for Jose Tabata?
Aug28

Pirates Notebook: What Now for Jose Tabata?

Prohibitively, the addition of Marlon Byrd makes the Pittsburgh Pirates a better baseball team. Had Byrd been on the Pirates’ roster all season, he’d essentially be the third-best hitter on the team. And, the Pirates may own three or four extra wins if he started 2013 in Pittsburgh with his WAR of 3.5. In contrast, the production received from right field this season from the likes of Jose Tabata, Alex Presley, Travis...

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Pirates’ Comeback Attempt Fails in ‘Strange Game’, Lose 7-6 to Brewers
Aug28

Pirates’ Comeback Attempt Fails in ‘Strange Game’, Lose 7-6 to Brewers

If anyone watching tonight’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers closed their eyes and somehow forgot that this is the year 2013 and the Pirates are going to the playoffs, this game would’ve seemed like it came straight out of 2012. Or 2011. Or 2010. Or 2009. Or 2008. Or any one of the last few years when the Brewers rang up a winning percentage around .75o against the Bucs. “I keep using the...

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