Pirates Notebook: Charlie Morton Makes 2013 Debut… Now What?

Pirates right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton returns to the mound Thursday night at PNC Park, facing the San Francisco Giants almost one year to the day since his reconstructive elbow surgery. Morton becomes the 10th different starting pitcher Pittsburgh has used, yet the Pirates still maintain the 5th-best rotation ERA and 8th-best FIP in the National League. The average-to-above-average numbers are a testament to unexpectedly solid...

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Marte, Pirates Light Up Zito for Eight Runs in 12-8 Win

Starling Marte did not do it all by himself Wednesday night, but he did do it all. The Pirates’ left fielder notched four hits for the first time in his young-but-exciting career, stole two bases and scored all four times he got on base to lead the Pittsburgh offense to a 12-8 victory over the defending champion San Francisco Giants. “It goes back to pitch selection,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “Trying to...

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Francisco Liriano Pitches Seven Scoreless to Stop Pirates’ Slide

Francisco Liriano was at his wildest, but the left-hander battled through jams with strikeouts and flyouts to pitch the Pirates to a 2-0 win Friday afternoon in Chicago. The left-hander struck out eight hitters and allowed only two hits en route to the second seven-inning shutout of the Cubs in the last month. Despite giving up five walks and throwing a season-low 56% strikes, Liriano kept a zero on Wrigley Field’s scoreboard...

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After One-Hitter, Where Will The Pirates Get Offense?

One day after the Atlanta Braves held the Pirates to just five hits in a 5-4 defeat win over Bucs and the day of Julio Teheran twirling a no-hit bid into the 8th inning, it seems appropriate to ask when Pittsburgh’s offense will begin to turn it on. Start with the basics: the Pirates are 10th in the 15-team National League in runs scored, 12th in batting average, 12th in OPS and 12th in wRC+. Now to my underlying stat of choice,...

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First Pitch: The Not-So-Great Jordy Mercer Compromise

About two weeks ago the biggest topic surrounding Pirates baseball was the fate of Jordy Mercer. Some argued that he should have remained in the majors, with John McDonald being released, Brandon Inge taking McDonald’s role, and Mercer taking Inge’s role. Some felt he should go to Triple-A and play everyday, fearing that the Pirates would just sit him on the bench while he was in the majors. It was a debate between...

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