• Pirates Notebook: “New” Rotation Key to 8-Game Win Streak

    Francisco Liriano's season ERA has dropped three runs from last year, allowing 1.6 fewer walks per nine....

  • Pirates Notebook: Wandy Rodriguez Shut Down, More Injury Updates

    Rodriguez averaged 32 starts the last four years, but has been out since June 5. (Photo Credit:...

  • 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...

  • 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 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 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...

  • Pirates Notebook: 9 Best Perspectives on Cole’s Debut

    We all watched Gerrit Cole impress in his Major League debut Tuesday night. I wrote about it. You (hopefully) read it, and now it’s on to the next one. But before it is on to the next one, I wanted to compile the best insight about Cole becoming a part of the...

  • Pirates Notebook: Colentine’s Day? Colearoo? Coleapalooza?

    Whatever you want to call it, today is the day many Pirates fans have looked to for two years — the day Gerrit Cole makes his big league debut. Cole, of course, was the No. 1 overall selection in 2011 out of UCLA and thanks to a combination of stuff and need...

  • Pirates Notebook: Presley Joins at the One-Third Mark

    One-third of the season down, two-thirds to go. The Pirates open up their second third of the season (as confusing as that term looks) against the Cincinnati Reds, a team nearly as hot as the Bucs are. Pittsburgh is 16-4 in its last 20 games and leads Cincinnati (14-6 in last 20)...

  • Pirates Notebook: Who Makes In-Game Hitting Adjustments?

    Let’s get right to the stat of the day for the 2013 Pirates: 93 runs scored in first five innings (0.34 per inning) 103 runs scored from the 6th-9th inning on (0.49 per inning) I don’t know whether this difference shows a team that makes good offensive adjustments as the game goes...

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