• Bucs Not Backing Down from Play in Miller Park

    Miller Park has been a house of horror for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Since the start of the 2007 season, the Pirates have gone just 4-38 at Miller Park. Those four wins came on back-to-back games on May 3-4 of 2007, April 27 in 2008 and one last season on September 26. Their...

  • Exploring the Arsenal: Previewing the Brewers’ Probable Starting Pitchers

    Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each series, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitchers expected to oppose the Pirates. The charts below show the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2011. These charts are from the catcher’s point of...

  • Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon Named FSL All-Stars

    Gerrit Cole was named to the FSL All-Star game. Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospects Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon were named to the Florida State League mid-season All-Star team today. The game will take place in Port Charlotte, Florida on Saturday, June 16. Cole has a 2.47 ERA in 51...

  • First Pitch: A Good Shortstop is Extremely Hard to Find

    Earlier today a rumor came out that the Chicago Cubs were shopping everyone on their roster, with the exception of Jeff Samardzija. That immediately led to every Pirates fan (and probably every fan of every other team) asking what it would take to get Starlin Castro. That's all moot, as Theo Epstein...

  • Barmes Disappointed in His Early Season Struggles

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- After Clint Barmes popped out in his last at-bat on Monday, en route to an 0-for-4 day at the plate, he heard loud boo's from the crowd at PNC Park. Fans are disappointed in his season so far, but no one is more disappointed than Barmes himself. Barmes since has...

  • First Pitch: Is It Time For Cole to Move Up?

    On Tuesday, Gerrit Cole had his latest strong start, giving up one earned run in six innings, with four strikeouts and two walks. One the season Cole has a 2.47 ERA in 51 innings, with a 50:15 K/BB ratio. I tweeted the question of whether Cole should be moved up yesterday, which was...

  • Jordy Mercer Gets First Major League Start

    Infielder Jordy Mercer, who was recalled yesterday from Triple-A Indianapolis, will make his first Major League start today against the Cincinnati Reds. Mercer will bat second and play shortstop for the Bucs. Yesterday, Mercer talked about getting the call to the Majors and his success while playing in Triple-A. The infielder had his...

  • Lincoln Gaining Confidence on the Mound

    Right-hander Brad Lincoln has been solid out of the 'pen - Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Right-hander Brad Lincoln has looked dramatically different on the bump in 2012 then the version Pittsburgh saw last season. Lincoln made 12 appearances (eight starts) with the Pirates in 2011, where he bounced back...

  • First Pitch: The Case For Jeff Clement Over Casey McGehee

    Jeff Clement hit his fourth homer in his last four games tonight, and is now hitting for a .280/.372/.537 line in 82 at-bats in the month of May, with all five of his 2012 homers coming during the month. Earlier tonight on Twitter I posted Clement's major league stats next to the...

  • Mercer Joins the Pirates, But Barmes Still the Shortstop

    Jordy Mercer PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Infielder Jordy Mercer arrived to the clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon at PNC Park just an hour before the club was set to take batting practice. Surrounded by media, the 25-year-old was all smiles as he tried to put into words what getting called up to the Majors felt...

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