Pirates Notebook: McDonald Struggling in 2nd Half; Bucs Going With 6-Man Rotation

James McDonald has struggled the second half of the season. The McDonald that Pittsburgh saw in the first half of the season was impressive. He entered the break with just a 2.37 ERA and looked to be the club’s ace of the staff. His evolution drew so much attention that some were surprised he wasn’t chosen to pitch in the All-Star game for the National League. But the version that has been on the bump since the break has...

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Pirates Notebook: Marte is as Advertised; Correia Adjusting to New Role

It’s only been less than two weeks in the big leagues for Starling Marte, but we’ve already seen flashes of exciting plays from the 23-year-old that makes you see his special potential. He showed off his power in his very first pitch in his very first at-bat launching a home run in his 2-for-4 debut. We’ve seen him show off his cannon arm by nailing a runner trying to stretch a single into a double. And we’ve...

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Pirates Notebook: Early Season Bedard Shows Up in Pirates Win

Erik Bedard had two solid outings out of the chute of the All-Star break. The left-hander struggled in the month of June and beginning of July to end the first half of the season.  Bedard used the break to make some adjustments. Pittsburgh also shuffled the rotation in the second half bumping Bedard in the rotation to give him extra days off in order to get in more work during bullpen sessions. “When you can develop trust and...

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Pirates Notebook: Game One Against Reds Ends in Emotion From McCutchen; Pirates Shuffle Rotation

The three game set against Cincinnati is arguably the biggest series to date for the Pittsburgh Pirates this season and in years. Both clubs have been hot, too. Since May 25, the Pirates (40-20) and Reds (39-22) have the two best records in the Major Leagues. Pittsburgh entered game action in second place just 3.5 games back in the National League Central division to Cincinnati. The series should be intense and full of emotion, which...

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Pirates Notebook: Bedard Is the Latest Starter to Struggle; Cruz Working His Way Back

After seeing James McDonald’s post All-Star break struggles continue on Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates needed the Erik Bedard that — after some adjustments — has been dominant his first two starts in the second half of the season on the mound in Chicago on Monday. And over the first three innings, it looked like the Pirates would get the start they needed. Bedard struck out his first batter in each of the first three...

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