Two Promotions the Pirates Need to Make

The offense for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year has been, no pun intended, hit or miss.  The Pirates have scored one or fewer runs in six of their last ten games.  Not surprisingly, their record in those games has been 1-5, including two straight 5-1 losses to Cleveland.  The pitching has been great this year, but no pitching staff should be expected to pitch six 1-0 shutouts in a week and a half.  It’s not like the Pirates...

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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 62 Recap: Bucs Fall to Mets, Gee

Charlie Morton fell short of his electric performances of prior outings and Dillon Gee again limited the Pirates offense. New York ran away with this one, 8-1. The first inning was a sign of things to come. Justin Turner was hit by Morton with one out. Carlos Beltran walked. Ronny Cedeno committed a rare gaffe on a bunt attempt from Daniel Murphy and all runners were safe. Angel Pagan’s grounder scored the first run of the game....

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Game 57 Recap: Record Crowd Watches Bucs, Morton Win

I like it when regional teams travel well and help fill the stadium. Philadelphia fans came out strongly and helped put nearly 40,000 people in PNC park. But it was the Pirate fans who went home happy. Charlie Morton was once again effective and picked up sixth win on the year. The offense supported him with scores in four different innings to win 6-3. Morton gave up hits to the first two hitters – Jimmy Rollins and Placido...

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Optimizing the 25-Man Roster

About a year ago at this time, the Pittsburgh Pirates had started promoting players from their AAA squad to take over for some of the struggling players in the majors.  The decisions to be made were easy.  Aki Iwamura was struggling at second base, with a .173/.274/.250 line at the plate when he was replaced with Neil Walker, who had an impressive .321/.392/.560 line in Indianapolis.  Jeff Clement and Andy LaRoche were also...

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