All posts tagged "James McDonald"

  • First Pitch
    First Pitch: A Look at the Short-Term and Long-Term Pitching Moves

    I was asked this morning on Twitter how the pitching staff would look on July 1st. The recent starts by Jeff Locke, the eventual returns of Francisco Liriano and Charlie Morton, and the possibility of Gerrit Cole arriving mid-season make that an impossible question to answer. That's especially true when you consider...

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Keep Rolling with 6-4 Win Over Phillies

    The Pirates’ offense jumped on starter Cliff Lee and the Phillies’ relievers for 14 hits for a 6-4 win Thursday afternoon. Add in the fact that manager Clint Hurdle made far more of the right moves than his counterpart Charlie Manuel, and the Bucs wrapped a key four-game series win. This is...

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Win Thanks to an Improved McDonald and Strong Lineup Construction

    Tonight wasn’t the type of game you’d normally expect the Pirates to win. It’s not the type of matchup you’d expect any team to win. On one side you had the best team in baseball, with a pitcher who entered the game with 20.1 shutout innings to start the season. On the...

  • First Pitch
    First Pitch: All of the Warning Signs are There For a James McDonald Injury

    All of the warning signs are there for a James McDonald injury. - Image Credit: David Hague After the first start of the year from James McDonald, I got a question. "What is up with his velocity? Is he injured?" McDonald's velocity was down in the first game of the year. He...

  • Game Recaps
    McDonald Hit Hard in Pirates Loss to Cardinals

    Alternate title: “Good hitters gonna hit” — James McDonald, 4/15/2013 Today’s Pirates Pregame asked the question: Which James McDonald would we see today? It did not take long to get the answer. McDonald was hit early, hit hard and hit often before being pulled after retiring just five St. Louis Cardinals. In...

  • Analysis
    Pirates Pregame: McDonald Still Searching for Consistency

    James McDonald makes his third start of the 2013 season tonight with the St. Louis Cardinals visiting PNC Park, and one has to wonder which McDonald will be on the mound tonight for the Pirates. James McDonald will make his third start of the season tonight. Photo Credit: David Hague Will it...

  • Analysis
    Pirates Pregame: Lineups, Pitchers and Beanballs (oh my)

    Just a few quick things before we get started at PNC Park (since I planned poorly for traffic and arrived later than I would have liked): First, tonight's lineups -- Cincinnati (5-4, tied for 1st National League Central) 1. Choo cf 2. Heisey lf 3. Votto 1b 4. Phillips 2b 5. Bruce...

  • Game Recaps
    Bucs’ Bats Finally Show Signs of Life in Win at Arizona

    It took more than a week, but the Pittsburgh Pirates finally showed something resembling consistency on offense in the Bucs’ 6-5 win on Wednesday against Arizona at Chase Field. The Pirates posted a season-high in runs scored and broke into double-digits in the hit column for the first time in 2013 with...

  • Analysis
    Can James McDonald Be More Like the First Half Pitcher From 2012?

    Can James McDonald be more like the first half pitcher from 2012? (Photo by Mark Olson) Last night James McDonald got off to a great start for the 2013 season. The right-hander pitched seven innings, giving up one run on two hits, with two walks and four strikeouts. McDonald didn't always look...

  • Game Recaps
    Seeing Similarities in the Pirates’ Two Losses

    The Pittsburgh Pirates couldn’t complete a ninth-inning comeback in their 3-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs and it there was a sense of déjà vu to the game. Much like in the Opening Day loss, the Pirates got a strong outing from its starting pitcher. James McDonald allowed just two hits and...

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