• Pirates using Grilli, Hanrahan poorly

    The Pirates lost to the San Diego Padres 7-5 on Tuesday night when Chase Headley launched a two-run, 10th inning home run. In the bottom of the eighth, with the Bucs trailing 4-3 and facing one last chance to tie the game, Clint Hurdle sent Chad Qualls to the mound. Qualls entered...

  • First Pitch: Free Bryan Morris

    Yesterday I wondered why the Pirates didn't seem to trust their prospects. Rather than giving a start to one of Kyle McPherson or Justin Wilson, the Pirates went with Kevin Correia, who had pitched the day before. Today the Pirates sent down McPherson and Wilson in order to activate Chad Qualls and...

  • First Pitch: Why Don’t the Pirates Trust Their Prospects?

    Ever since Neal Huntington and company took over prior to the 2008 season, they have gone with a plan I agree with. Build the farm system up through the draft, trades, international market, and any other method of adding young talent. Use that talent to put together a young team that can...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Jason Marquis

    Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of...

  • Alvarez Showing Good Signs After Lengthy Session With Hurdle

    A 162 game season is a lengthy one. Staying consistent throughout the entire year is tough. There's hot streaks and slumps, and Pedro Alvarez has recently been on the downside of things. But after a lengthy session with Manager Clint Hurdle, who also served as a hitting coach with the Texas Rangers...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Edinson Volquez

    Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of...

  • If the Pirates Need a Pitcher From Indianapolis Tomorrow…

    Today's 19 inning game was easily the best win of the year for the Pirates. But the aftermath could lead to some roster shuffling tomorrow, especially with tomorrow's starter, Wandy Rodriguez, going two innings to finish the game. If the Pirates need a starter, they would have to go to Indianapolis to...

  • First Pitch: The Other Side of Team Friendly Extensions

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed two outfielders to extensions in the last year. It was exactly one year ago today that the Pirates extended Jose Tabata to a six year, $15 M deal with three option years that could bring the deal to nine years and $37.25 M. Coincidentally, Tabata will join...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Jaime Garcia

    Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of...

  • Jose Tabata to Join Club in St. Louis

    Jose Tabata is heading to join the Pirates in St. Louis according to a source. The outfielder has hit for a .297 clip with Triple-A Indianapolis since being demoted in early July. No word on the corresponding roster move yet. Both Starling Marte (right oblique strain) and Jordy Mercer (right wrist) were...

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