• Pirates Playoff Odds: Strong Homestand Bumps Up Chances

    This week’s odds report was delayed by one day because my laptop was driving the StruggleBus yesterday....

  • Reds Use Four Homers to Beat Pirates 4-1

    Let’s not dwell too much on this one. The Cincinnati Reds hit four solo home runs, three of which would have flown out even in larger ballparks, plus Mike Leake and Co. frustrated the Pirates again by keeping them hitless with runners in scoring position. There are three games to go and...

  • Pirates Beat Dodgers 6-3 on Alvarez’s Homer, Cole’s Deja Vu

    Do not adjust your computer screen. Yes, that was Gerrit Cole making his second Major League start Sunday, even though you could have easily confused it for a replay of his debut. The phenom prospect threw the same number of fastballs, allowed the same number of hits and walks, kept the run total...

  • Pirates Lose to Dodgers 5-3 in Extras: The 10 Big Moments

    What a fun baseball game, even if it did not turn out in the Pirates’ favor as the Bucs lost 5-3 in 11 innings. With so much happening, let’s boil this contest down to a series of moments: Moment 1: Brandon Cumpton walks off the field in the second inning having struck...

  • Pirates Notebook: Why Brandon Cumpton Over Andy Oliver?

    Brandon Cumpton makes his Major League debut for the Pirates on Saturday afternoon facing the Los Angeles Dodgers at PNC Park. If his promotion came as a surprise to Pittsburgh fans, it was even more surprising for Cumpton. “I was shocked. I had no idea,” Cumpton said Friday. “I didn’t see it...

  • Pirates Locke Down and Shut Out Dodgers 3-0

    Did you see this coming? Did you see Jeff Locke having the National League’s 5th-best ERA in mid-June? If you’re surprised, that’s because Locke’s performance sneaks up on you. The Pirates have needed nine starters to fill four spots because of injuries, poor pitching or in Gerrit Cole’s case, delaying a service...

  • Pirates Notebook: Projecting Rotation with Burnett Out, Cumpton In

    Let’s review the Pirates’ scheduled starting rotation following the news that Brandon Cumpton will take the place of injured A.J. Burnett. Dodgers Series Friday: Jeff Locke Saturday: Brandon Cumpton (MLB Debut) Sunday: Gerrit Cole Reds Series Monday: Francisco Liriano Tuesday: Charlie Morton Wednesday: Jeff Locke Thursday: To Be Announced Angels Series (not...

  • Pirates Allow Season-High 17 Hits, Collect Only Three in Morton’s Debut

    That was the worst game the Pirates have played all season. Pittsburgh pitchers surrendered a season-high 17 hits in the 10-o loss, continuing the struggle after allowing 15 base hits Wednesday night. Starter Matt Cain and the Giants held the Bucs’ lineup to three hits after it totaled 18 hits on the previous...

  • Pirates Notebook: Charlie Morton Makes 2013 Debut… Now What?

    Pirates right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton returns to the mound Thursday night at PNC Park, facing the San Francisco Giants almost one year to the day since his reconstructive elbow surgery. Morton becomes the 10th different starting pitcher Pittsburgh has used, yet the Pirates still maintain the 5th-best rotation ERA and 8th-best FIP...

  • Marte, Pirates Light Up Zito for Eight Runs in 12-8 Win

    Starling Marte did not do it all by himself Wednesday night, but he did do it all. The Pirates’ left fielder notched four hits for the first time in his young-but-exciting career, stole two bases and scored all four times he got on base to lead the Pittsburgh offense to a 12-8...

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