Game 60 Recap: .500!

Both teams blew chances. Both teams had the lead. But when it was over, Andrew McCutchen’s walk off homer in the 12th provided the last, final run and a Bucco victory. The win evened the Pirates record at 30-30. Former Pirate Zach Duke returned to PNC for the first time since being traded last off-season. He and Paul Maholm both pitched effectively. Maholm was sharper but was victimized again by poor run support and a blown save...

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Game 50 Recap: Maholm Tosses a Shutout

The Pirates offense woke up to support their longest tenured starting pitcher. The Pirates clobbered four homers and Maholm continued to pitch effectively in throwing a complete game three hit shutout. Randy Wells faced off against Maholm and through the first three frames, the clubs combined for just a single knock. That changed in the fourth inning. Andrew McCutchen singled and Neil Walker doubled him to third. After Lyle Overbay...

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Trade Values: Paul Maholm

The other day I reviewed what type of trade value we could expect Joel Hanrahan to have.  Since there were some requests for a similar look at Paul Maholm, I figured I would take a look.  Before I begin, let me point out something as far as value goes. Trade values are just meant to display the type of trade return we could expect from a player.  With Hanrahan, plenty of people wanted Martin Perez AND Jurickson Profar.  The trade...

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Game 46 Recap: Porcello Prevents Sweep

Rick Porcello allowed just one hit through eight innings. The Pirates once again struggled to get some runs for Paul Maholm. In the end, the Pirates were unable to sweep Detroit and fell two games below .500. Detroit got on the board in the second. Victor Martinez walked. Consecutive two out singles from Brandon Inge and Chris Wells scored Martinez. In the fourth Jhonny Peralta homered to make it 2-0. The Pirates didn’t get a...

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Who Creates Space For Brad Lincoln?

Remember back in the off-season when the Pittsburgh Pirates were starved for pitching help?  At one point in time, people were calling for the Pirates to add Armando Galarraga to the rotation, thinking he’d be an obvious upgrade.  Galarraga was recently waived, which means the Pirates could have a chance to claim him.  However, at this point, it would be impossible for Galarraga to crack the rotation. The rotation currently has...

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