Pirates Playoff Roster Projection: Choosing a Champion
Aug05

Pirates Playoff Roster Projection: Choosing a Champion

This is not a jinx. On this day last year, the Pirates’ playoff odds were hovering around 50 percent. Their chances to make the postseason this year are above 98 percent. Starting to think about what the 25-man playoff roster will look like is not counting chickens before they hatch. These are the same conversations the Bucs’ front office people are having. Two points of order: the Wild Card Playoff acts as a separate...

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Pirates Notebook Exclusive: Jeff Locke “Stands Behind” Lack of Trades
Aug03

Pirates Notebook Exclusive: Jeff Locke “Stands Behind” Lack of Trades

We just really wanted to use the word exclusive, because it looks fancier than “one-on-one.” Starting pitcher Jeff Locke has a unique perspective on the Pirates organization. The 25-year-old was drafted out of high school by the Atlanta Braves, and he spent 3.5 years pitching for the winning franchise before joining the Pirates in the Nate McLouth trade. Locke then spent the next 3.5 years in Pittsburgh’s minor...

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Pirates Come Back Again, Beat Cardinals 5-4
Aug01

Pirates Come Back Again, Beat Cardinals 5-4

The Pittsburgh Pirates are running away from the National League Central — literally. In the 5th inning of Wednesday’s 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, Starling Marte used his game-breaking speed to create the tying run. Neil Walker, who had already homered, took a critical extra base in the 8th inning and set himself up to score the go-ahead run. Thanks to five shutout innings from the Pirates’ bullpen, the...

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First Pitch: Charlie Morton is Jeff Locke With Regression
Jul28

First Pitch: Charlie Morton is Jeff Locke With Regression

Last night Jeff Locke put 13 batters on base. Only one of those batters scored. Tonight Charlie Morton put 9 batters on base. Four of those batters scored. Locke was bailed out by his defense and balls being hit to the right spot. Starling Marte threw out a runner at home. With the bases loaded and one out a liner was hit directly to Gaby Sanchez who had shifted away from the first base bag. That prevented two runs from scoring, while...

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Locke’s Control and a Weak Bench Are Two Concerns From Tonight’s Loss
Jul27

Locke’s Control and a Weak Bench Are Two Concerns From Tonight’s Loss

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost their second game in a row, falling 2-0 to the Miami Marlins tonight. Thus begins The Collapsening 3.0.3. Or 3.0.4. It’s hard to keep track. There were two things that stood out in tonight’s loss, which have both been problems as of late. Jeff Locke Struggled With His Control The big story with Jeff Locke this year is the debate over whether he will maintain his high ERA, or see a regression....

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