Buyers or Sellers: Can the Pirates Be Both?

With the win over the Houston Astros last night, paired with a Milwaukee Brewers loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Pittsburgh Pirates took sole possession of second place in the NL Central, sitting 1.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Pirates hold a 45-41 record, with seven games coming up against the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs, two of the worst teams in the National League this year.  There is a very strong chance...

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Game 85 Recap: Maholm Moves Bucs 3 Games Over .500

Paul Maholm was solid again, but was almost done in by some unsteady defense. He went six and gave up just one earned run as Pittsburgh moved three games over the .500 mark. Maholm looked ragged early on. Houston used a pair of singles – one from Jeff Keppinger and one from Hunter Pence – plus a sac fly from Carlos Lee to take an early 1-0 lead in the first. Pittsburgh tied it in the second off of Astros starter Brett...

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Game 79 Recap: Bucs Falter in Support of Maholm (Again)

If the Pirates manage just four singles and one run, it must mean Paul Maholm started. Brandon Morrow outdueled Maholm and whiffed ten pirates on the way to a 2-1 win. Afer setting down the first ten Pirates he faced, Morrow was scored upon first. Neil Walker walked starting off the fifth. Lyle Overbay singled. Walker attempted to score on a grounder from Matt Diaz but was out at home. Ronny Cedeno’s single scored Overbay. That...

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Should the Pirates Make a Move?

At the beginning of this month, I talked about how the Pirates weren’t winning against good teams, and were just beating up on bad teams.  I mentioned that with a June schedule which included the Philadelphia Phillies (34-22 at the time), Arizona Diamondbacks (31-25), Cleveland Indians (33-20), Boston Red Sox (30-26), and Toronto Blue Jays (28-28), the Pirates were unlikely to escape the month of June with a winning record....

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Game 75 Recap: Pitching Staff Bends, Doesn’t Break in 3-1 Win

If you’re looking for signs of life from the Pittsburgh Pirates, and wondering if this team is a true contender, tonight would be a great game to make your case.  The Pirates took on the Boston Red Sox, owners of the best record in the American League, and won 3-1 on a great team effort.  The pitching staff struggled at times, but came up with the big outs each time.  The offense didn’t capitalize on all of the major...

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