Pirates Use Seven-Run Inning, Cole’s Quality Start to Beat Brewers
Jun28

Pirates Use Seven-Run Inning, Cole’s Quality Start to Beat Brewers

The Pirates needed to come back from an early deficit to grab their seventh-straight win. Once they did, the Bucs tacked on another. Then another. Then another. Then one more. Now they have the best record in Major League Baseball. The Bucs’ half of the 2nd inning had everything: six hits, seven runs, two five-pitch walks, previously stellar Milwaukee shortstop Jean Segura making mistake after mistake, Tom Gorzelanny! All the...

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First Pitch: Why Does the Pirates Farm System Seem Different This Year?
Jun27

First Pitch: Why Does the Pirates Farm System Seem Different This Year?

I was on ESPN 970 this afternoon with David Todd, discussing our top ten prospects, and a few other topics in the minor league system. You can listen to the segment here. Towards the end, David asked me if it seemed like something was different this year in the minor league system. The Pirates have started to get a lot of attention this year for the quality of their farm system. Nearly every outlet that grades prospects has the...

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Why a Four-Man Pirates Rotation Could Work
Jun25

Why a Four-Man Pirates Rotation Could Work

The Pirates’ rotation situation will probably work itself out. The discussion about Gerrit Cole potentially returning to Triple-A so the Pirates will have six starters available is just this week’s version of Pittsburgh’s least exciting game show: What Should The Pirates Do With Their Rotation? In previous episodes, the correct answer was: Someone Gets Hurt. Wandy Rodriguez and Jeanmar Gomez leave a game after one...

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Pirates Playoff Odds: Sweep Catapults Bucs Over 75 Percent
Jun24

Pirates Playoff Odds: Sweep Catapults Bucs Over 75 Percent

Five weeks ago, the Pirates’ chances of reaching the playoffs were at 40 percent. Since then, Pittsburgh has gone 22-13 and improved their average odds to almost 80 percent. That’s good police work, Lou. If the second Wild Card did not exist, the team’s odds would be about 50 percent. That’s what happens when baseball’s three most-winning teams are all in the same division. All right, reset. What do the...

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First Pitch: The Reason Gerrit Cole Could Be Optioned When Starters Return
Jun24

First Pitch: The Reason Gerrit Cole Could Be Optioned When Starters Return

Two weeks ago we started talking about the upcoming decision involving Gerrit Cole. Eventually the Pirates could be in a situation where they have A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez, Francisco Liriano, and Jeff Locke healthy. The key word there is “could”, because Pirates starting pitchers have been getting injured every other week it seems. If this happens, the Pirates will have a tough decision to make. The likely outcome...

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