Game 90 Recap: Maholm, McCutchen Lead Bucs Into Break

Paul Maholm pitched into the eighth and allowed just one run while Andrew McCutchen paced the offense with a three run homer and a total of five runs driven in. The Pirates cruise into the All-Star break with a 47-43 record. Ramon Ortiz scuffled all day and it started in the first inning. Alex Presley singled and went to third on a double from Neil Walker. McCutchen’s first RBI came in the form of a sac fly and it was 1-0...

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First Base Upgrade: Do the Pirates Have One Internally?

The Pittsburgh Pirates don’t exactly have a loaded offense.  They’ve got a lot of young players who are holding down roster spots, regardless of their inconsistent performances, which is a normal thing for young players.  They’ve got a few defensive-minded players holding down spots solely for their defensive value, such as Ronny Cedeno at shortstop, and Michael McKenry behind the plate.  About the only position...

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Game 88 Recap: McKenry’s Blast Propels Bucs Past Cubs

The Pirates rallied for four runs in the bottom of the eighth to overcome a one run deficit and knock off the Cubs. Josh Harrison’s single tied the game and Michael McKenry hit a three run homer to provide a secure lead. Pittsburgh came from behind on three different occasions. Aramis Ramirez commenced the scoring with a first inning solo homer off of James McDonald. The Cubs continued to nip at McDonald’s heels. They...

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Making Room For the Returning Players

Earlier today I posted a rundown of the injured players on the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 40-man roster, noting the estimated returns.  Several players are expected to return shortly after the All-Star break, such as Pedro Alvarez, Joe Beimel, Ronny Cedeno, and Jose Tabata.  While typing up the article, I was thinking about the tough decisions that the Pirates will face to make room for these four players.  David Todd of Extra Innings...

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Game 86 Recap: Karstens Wins Again

Pittsburgh is four games over .500 this late in the year since 1992. I don’t care what happens the rest of the way. This is a triumph. This is better than I expected. Granted, my expectations were low. I thought a twelve game improvement versus 2010 would be a good bump up. It would be nice to think this team will contend this year. I don’t pretend to be optimistic that Pittsburgh will be playing meaningful contests come...

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