All posts tagged "Neil Walker"

  • Analysis
    Neil Walker’s disappearing power

    On May 20, 2011, Neil Walker was hitting .288/.361/.466 and was in the midst of an encouraging sequel to his strong rookie season of 2010. He had hit six home runs in his first 183 plate appearances of the year, putting him on pace to hit close to 20 bombs over the...

  • Analysis
    Bucs Need to Get Power Bats Rolling

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- All eyes were on slugging first baseman Albert Pujols while he went homerless over his first 27 games to start the 2012 season. While in Pittsburgh, several Pirates have yet to see the ball go out of the ballpark. It's expected for a player like Pujols to go deep...

  • Game Recaps
    Another Strong Outing from McDonald in Pirates 3-2 Win

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Right-hander James McDonald continues to impress on the mound for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012. On April 25, McDonald took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Colorado. He followed that performance up with punching out a career-high 10 Braves in Atlanta his last trip to the mound. And on...

  • Analysis
    Walker and McCutchen’s Power Outage

    With April 2012 now come and gone, Andrew McCutchen enters May with zero home runs.  This marks the first month in his career that he has not hit at least one home run.  Additionally, McCutchen has no triples and only 6 doubles.  The fewest extra base hits McCutchen has previously ever had in...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Presley, Tabata to Share Leadoff Spot

    Throughout Grapefruit League action, Alex Presley got the majority of the starts batting leadoff. Jose Tabata followed in the two spot. The trend continued into the regular season with Presley hitting first for the first three games. But on game four of the season, Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle decided to switch the lineup up,...

  • Season Previews
    Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Preview: Starting Lineup

    The Pittsburgh Pirates finished with a .244 batting average during the 2011 season -- .247 average in the 1st half, .241 in the 2nd half. Over the offseason, the Pirates signed shortstop Clint Barmes to a two-year deal, and catcher Rod Barajas to a one-year contract with an option for 2013. The...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Pirates Notebook: No Reason Meek’s Velocity Won’t Return

    BRADENTON, Fla. --Right-hander Evan Meek is working on getting back to the All-Star pitcher that he was in 2010. After posting a 2.14 ERA over 70 appearances in 2010, Meek battled right shoulder tendonitis for most of last season, appearing in just 24 games with Pittsburgh. For some pitchers, it can take...

  • Analysis
    Walker Cleared to Play

    Second baseman Neil Walker took batting practice at McKechnie Field today and said afterwards in the clubhouse that he was okay and cleared to resume play. Walker was scratched from the lineup on Wednesday due to low back tightness. Walker is currently slated to be a replacement in today's 1:05 game against the Minnesota...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Walker Scratched with Back Tightness

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Second baseman Neil Walker was an early morning scratch from the lineup for today's 1:05 game at McKechnie Field against the Toronto Blue Jays. Walker, 26, was scratched due to lower back tightness. Walker said today that his lower back was a little tight during Tuesday's 7-4 win over...

  • Top Stories
    Should the Pirates Extend Neil Walker?

    Now that Andrew McCutchen has been signed to a long-term deal, everyone seems to be weighing in on whether the Pittsburgh Pirates should extend second baseman Neil Walker. In 2009 the Pirates called up Andrew McCutchen mid-season. He was their first big prospect to arrive during the new management group’s rebuilding process....

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