Game 70 Recap: Carrasco Keeps Bucco Bats Quiet

Carlos Carrasco retired 15 of the first 16 hitters he faced and didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning. Guess who started for the Pirates? That’s right, the poster boy for poor run support, Paul Maholm. As he has all season, Maholm pitched well enough to win a typical game. But there has been nothing typical about the Pirates offense this season. The Indians broke out to an early 2-0 lead. Grady Sizemore walked to start...

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Game 68 Recap: Bucs Sweep Astros

The Pirates took advantage of limited scoring opportunities as Garrett Jones three run homer helped propel the Pirates to a series sweep in Houston. The win puts the Pirates two games over .500. Jones’ dinger came in the first on a two strike, two out pitch from rookie Jordan Lyles. It scored Jose Tabata and Andrew McCutchen. Houston wiggled back to tie the game. In the fourth Brett Wallace walked and Matt Downs doubled to start...

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Reverse Trade Values: Pirates Becoming Buyers

In the past I’ve done this trade values series solely on what our trade chips have been worth. ¬†However, the term “trade chips” has been limited to the people the Pittsburgh Pirates could eventually deal as sellers. ¬†I mentioned that Joel Hanrahan (article here) and Paul Maholm (article here) could get good returns, but that Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder (article here) probably wouldn’t see much, and that was...

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Game 67 Recap: Bucs Move Above .500 with 7 Run Outburst

Pittsburgh scored five late runs to surge ahead of the struggling Houston Astros, winning 7-3 and moving to one game over .500 this late in the season since 1999. The Pirates and Astros traded one run innings and stranded many runners early in the game. Pittsbrugh struck in the top of the first off of J.A. Happ. Andrew McCutchen walked and he was tripled home by Neil Walker. Houston went to work with two outs in the bottom of the...

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Game 65 Recap: Bucs Get Maholm Enough Runs for a W

There was more mayhem on the basepaths. There was a continued lack of offense from the Pirates. Thankfully, Paul Maholm continued to pitch very well. He tossed seven shutout innings and the Pirates scored three times to win 3-1. The Pirates scored early against Mike Pelfrey. Jose Tabata, Xavier Paul and Neil Walker all singled, with Tabata scoring on Walker’s knock. But Paul was picked off second for the first out. Pelfrey...

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