Game 85 Recap: Maholm Moves Bucs 3 Games Over .500

Paul Maholm was solid again, but was almost done in by some unsteady defense. He went six and gave up just one earned run as Pittsburgh moved three games over the .500 mark. Maholm looked ragged early on. Houston used a pair of singles – one from Jeff Keppinger and one from Hunter Pence – plus a sac fly from Carlos Lee to take an early 1-0 lead in the first. Pittsburgh tied it in the second off of Astros starter Brett...

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Andrew McCutchen: A Real Star

Take a look at the current FanGraphs leaderboards and you’ll see these three players sitting in the top three spots when sorted by WAR (Wins Above Replacement): 1. Jose Bautista – Currently sitting with 26 homers, a .328 average, and a 1.150 OPS 2. Jose Reyes – Hitting for a .354 average and a .927 OPS, along with great defense (a 1.7 UZR) 3. Andrew McCutchen That’s right. ¬†Andrew McCutchen currently ranks as...

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Game 84 Recap: Bucs Offense Shows Up

The Pirates put a solid effort on all fronts – hitting, pitching, and fielding. The offense banged out 16 hits and scored ten times. Kevin Correia was sharp again in earning his eleventh win. The defense committed no errors. More, please! Pittsburgh pounced on Nationals and starter Jason Marquis for eight runs in the first two innings. Alex Presley started the game with a single. Chase D’Arnaud reached on an error by...

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Game 83 Recap: Nats Rally Late to Split Double Header

The Pirates offense and bullpen was unable to finish off a double header sweep of the Nationals. The home team rallied for a pair of runs in the eighth inning and the offense scored only three runs to ruin the 2011 debut of Brad Lincoln and salvage the split of the double header. The loss prevented the Pirates from moving three games above the .500 mark. Pittsburgh and Washington traded runs early on. In the second Jayson Werth walked...

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Game 82 Recap: Jones, McCutchen Boost Bucs Late

The Pirates appeared to be wasting yet another strong effort from the starting corps – this time from James McDonald. But back-to-back solo homers in the eighth from Garrett Jones and Andrew McCutchen propelled the Pirates to a 5-3 win. The Pirates jumped on Livan Hernandez for two first inning runs. Alex Presley singled to start the game. Chase D’Arnaud’s grounder forced him at second base. D’Arnaud swiped...

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