Pirates Notebook: With Meadows Signed, Do Bucs Have MLB’s Best Farm?
Jun28

Pirates Notebook: With Meadows Signed, Do Bucs Have MLB’s Best Farm?

“So we get to do this for a second time this year.” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington introduced 8th overall draft pick Austin Meadows to the Pittsburgh media Friday. The team announced the signing of Meadows, who agreed to a full-slot-value $3,029,600 signing bonus according to Baseball America’s Jim Callis, 10 days after the signing of fellow first-rounder Reese McGuire for under slot value....

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Pirates Beat Mariners 4-2, Bucs Tied for MLB’s Best Record
Jun27

Pirates Beat Mariners 4-2, Bucs Tied for MLB’s Best Record

The Pittsburgh Pirates are tied for the best record and winning percentage in Major League Baseball. This is the first time since 1991 that the preceding statement is true after Memorial Day. You can pretty much stop reading now. The important line is at the top. The details are meaningless. I can put anything I want here. Purple monkey dishwasher. Okay, I’ll write more. The Pirates’ 4-2 victory in Seattle on Wednesday...

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Pirates Beat Mariners 9-4 on Power of Marte, Inge
Jun26

Pirates Beat Mariners 9-4 on Power of Marte, Inge

When we have watched Brandon Inge struggle to reach base so mightily this season, it’s difficult to see that this is the same hitter who has averaged 15 home runs over the last seven seasons. If Inge has a third defining quality beyond solid infield defense and clubhouse leadership, it is his sneaky good  power. Brandon Inge reminded everyone by crushing Joe Saunders’ belt-high fastball over the left-field bullpen at...

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Pirates Playoff Odds: Sweep Catapults Bucs Over 75 Percent
Jun24

Pirates Playoff Odds: Sweep Catapults Bucs Over 75 Percent

Five weeks ago, the Pirates’ chances of reaching the playoffs were at 40 percent. Since then, Pittsburgh has gone 22-13 and improved their average odds to almost 80 percent. That’s good police work, Lou. If the second Wild Card did not exist, the team’s odds would be about 50 percent. That’s what happens when baseball’s three most-winning teams are all in the same division. All right, reset. What do the...

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Pirates Beat Angels in 10-9 Thriller: What We Learned
Jun24

Pirates Beat Angels in 10-9 Thriller: What We Learned

It would be difficult to describe all the important events of the Pirates’ 10-9 extra-innings victory to sweep the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Frankly, any such description would not do justice to the most exciting game of the 2013 season. Instead of trying to re-tell all that happened, let’s treat this win like I try to treat every game: a chance to learn more about this Pirates team that is so fascinating, so...

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Gerrit Cole Fantastic Again, Pirates Win 5-2 in Anaheim
Jun22

Gerrit Cole Fantastic Again, Pirates Win 5-2 in Anaheim

For all the adjectives I could use to describe Gerrit Cole’s stuff and location Friday night, I will choose “erotic.” During the Pirates’ 5-2 victory Friday night in Anaheim, Cole pitched 100 mph or faster eight different times, including 101.8 mph once. More than half his pitches were 96 mph or faster. He threw 67 fastballs during his 88 pitches (or what I would classify as fastballs) and kept the Angels out...

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