Locke, Pirates Eke Out 3-2 Win Over Reds to Avoid Sweep
Jul21

Locke, Pirates Eke Out 3-2 Win Over Reds to Avoid Sweep

Jeff Locke does not suck. I wrote two months ago that Locke would not continue to dominate as he dominated the early part of the season. What he has done in those two months surprised me: he kept pitching to prevent runs. Locke’s winning performance in the Pirates’ 3-2 Sunday victory in Cincinnati was indicative of the type of pitcher he is becoming. His control remains rough as he walked 4 of 22 batters and allowed his...

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First Pitch: Remember All of Those High Beta Players From the Off-Season?
Jul20

First Pitch: Remember All of Those High Beta Players From the Off-Season?

Over the winter there was a lot of talk about how the Pittsburgh Pirates were adding a lot of high beta players. The term first came up when David Todd described Francisco Liriano as a high beta player, pointing out that there were many possible outcomes for his 2013 season, ranging from very bad to very good. I wrote about how the Pirates had a roster full of those players, and how the 2013 season would depend on the success/failure...

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Mark Melancon Named to All-Star Game
Jul14

Mark Melancon Named to All-Star Game

Pirates reliever Mark Melancon was named to the 2013 MLB All-Star Game as an injury replacement, chosen by National League manager Bruce Bochy. “I’m very humbled and excited to go,” Melancon said. “This is just a really cool moment. It takes your teammates to get to this game.” Melancon owns an NL-reliever-best 0.81 ERA during his first season in Pittsburgh. Jason Grilli’s setup man is second in the...

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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 Notebook: All Quiet with Trade Deadline Three Weeks Away
Jul10

Pirates Notebook: All Quiet with Trade Deadline Three Weeks Away

Major League Baseball’s trade deadline is three weeks away, approaching quickly but not so fast that teams need to act hastily when making moves. The Pirates could have acquired outfielders Shane Victorino or Carlos Quentin at last year’s deadline, but would have had to trade current left fielder Starling Marte in either deal, according to manager Clint Hurdle. He also said spending money on those players’ salaries...

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