First Pitch: Who is the Pirates’ MVP So Far?
Aug28

First Pitch: Who is the Pirates’ MVP So Far?

As the playoff race heats up, there will be three big topics that Pittsburgh Pirates fans will be discussing over the final month. 1. Forget this amazing playoff race! Let’s focus on whether Russell Martin will return in the off-season. 2. My doctor said I can only watch public access TV because the Pirates’ bullpen does horrible things for my blood pressure. 3. (Insert Player Here) is the MVP. That third one is what...

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Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez Leave Tonight’s Game Early
Aug26

Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez Leave Tonight’s Game Early

Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez both left tonight’s Pittsburgh Pirates game early. McCutchen left with what was described as “left rib discomfort.” McCutchen winced in the first inning after a swing, then ran into the wall on a leaping catch later in the game. He was removed at the start of the sixth inning. McCutchen is just returning from the disabled list, where he was out with a rib injury. The rib has still...

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Andrew McCutchen Activated From the DL, Michael Martinez Optioned to AAA
Aug19

Andrew McCutchen Activated From the DL, Michael Martinez Optioned to AAA

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Andrew McCutchen from the disabled list. To make room on the 25-man roster, they have optioned Michael Martinez to Indianapolis. Today was the first day that McCutchen was eligible to come off the disabled list, and it was expected over the last two days that he would be activated tonight. He is in the lineup, batting third and playing center field. As an added bonus, Jordy Mercer is back in the...

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Andrew McCutchen Placed on the DL, Casey Sadler Recalled
Aug11

Andrew McCutchen Placed on the DL, Casey Sadler Recalled

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed Andrew McCutchen on the disabled list, retro 8/4. They have recalled Casey Sadler. Earlier today I wrote about the whole situation involving McCutchen and Neil Walker being kept off the disabled list. On the surface, the issue is that the Pirates are playing with a 23-man roster, in hopes that they can get McCutchen and/or Walker back a few games early. Digging deeper, the big issue here is that the...

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The Big Issue With Holding Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker Off the Disabled List
Aug11

The Big Issue With Holding Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker Off the Disabled List

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been playing with a short bench for the last week, thanks to injuries to their MVP, Andrew McCutchen, and their starting second baseman, Neil Walker. The injuries remove two of their most productive hitters, and as a result, the Pirates have waited to put both players on the disabled list, in hopes that they can come back earlier than 15 days. The Pirates added one more player to their bench over the...

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