Jeff Locke Will Not Pitch in All-Star Game, Gerrit Cole Starts Sunday
Jul13

Jeff Locke Will Not Pitch in All-Star Game, Gerrit Cole Starts Sunday

Pirates left-handed pitcher Jeff Locke suffered lower back tightness and will not pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star Game or make his scheduled start Sunday. Locke felt back soreness in his last start and threw a bullpen session Friday. Gerrit Cole will be pushed up to start against the New York Mets on Sunday. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said there have been conversations about Cole’s innings jump in 2013, but...

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Pirates Collect Only Three Hits to Lose Fourth-Straight Game
Jul10

Pirates Collect Only Three Hits to Lose Fourth-Straight Game

The Pirates lost 2-1 Tuesday night to the Oakland Athletics to drop their fourth-straight game and third-straight series loss. This fact is significant. Over these three July series, Pittsburgh’s offense has averaged a below-average 8.4 hits and 2.9 runs per game. This fact is more significant. In the 2013 season, the offense has averaged 8.2 hits and 3.9 runs per game, both 12th in the 15-team National League. This fact is most...

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Pirates Notebook: A’s Speak Highly of Inge, Alvarez Not in Derby
Jul08

Pirates Notebook: A’s Speak Highly of Inge, Alvarez Not in Derby

The Oakland Athletics start a three-game series against the Pirates tonight at PNC Park, arriving 9-0 against the Bucs and the only Major League team that is undefeated against one opponent. They swept the Pirates in their only Pittsburgh series in 2002 and also pulled off home sweeps in 2004 and 2010. This interleague series also reunites the A’s with former third baseman Brandon Inge, who hit for a .675 OPS with Oakland last...

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Phillies Use Four-Run Inning off Cole, Mazzaro to Beat Bucs
Jul04

Phillies Use Four-Run Inning off Cole, Mazzaro to Beat Bucs

The 6th inning sunk the Pirates’ chances for another series win, as the Philadelphia Phillies collected four hits and four runs off Gerrit Cole and Vin Mazzaro to grab the Independence Day victory 6-4. Cole entered with just 60 pitches and struck out Jimmy Rollins for the second time to start the inning. But Ryan Howard worked an 0-2 count into a walk with the help of home plate umpire Chris Conroy, then Domonic Brown singled on...

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Pirates Playoff Odds Over 90 Percent with MLB’s Best Record
Jul01

Pirates Playoff Odds Over 90 Percent with MLB’s Best Record

The Pittsburgh Pirates not only have the best record in Major League Baseball, but also the best chance to make the MLB Playoffs. Every week we look at the projected standings from Baseball Prospectus, Clay Davenport and FanGraphs, three of the most reliable postseason projections. At the halfway point of the season the Pirates have a 91% chance to reach the playoffs, according to BP and Davenport. Before we delve into the numbers,...

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