Pirates Locke Down and Shut Out Dodgers 3-0

Did you see this coming? Did you see Jeff Locke having the National League’s 5th-best ERA in mid-June? If you’re surprised, that’s because Locke’s performance sneaks up on you. The Pirates have needed nine starters to fill four spots because of injuries, poor pitching or in Gerrit Cole’s case, delaying a service time clock. Meanwhile, Locke stands on the mound every fifth day and personifies consistency....

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First Pitch: So Many Things Are Going Right For the Pirates

I wanted to keep this more of a notes article tonight, jotting down a few thoughts I had throughout the evening. A lot of things happened tonight which had me thinking about all of the things going right for the Pirates right now. **Gerrit Cole made his major league debut, and was fantastic. You could make an argument that he could have been better. He was giving up more hits than you’d want to see, but overall I think it would...

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Cole, Alvarez Lead Pirates to Series-Opening Win

Let’s cut to the chase — the Pirates played a great game in front of a mostly-full PNC Park and thumped the defending World Series champions and a two-time Cy Young Award winner. This game had a little bit of everything but the majority of the focus, and rightfully so, was on Gerrit Cole who only made his major league debut, cruised through a large chunk of the middle innings, had a two-RBI single and became an instant...

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Pirates’ Bats Jump on Samardzija to Support Burnett in 6-2 Victory

Pirates starter A.J. Burnett took a shutout bid into the 9th inning and mound opponent Jeff Samardzija allowed a season-high eight hits to a lineup he usually dominates en route to a 6-2 Pittsburgh win on Saturday at Wrigley Field. Burnett became the first Pirates starter to pitch into the 8th inning this season, tossing 8⅓ innings and allowing only four hits. The veteran righty took a no-hit bid into the 5th inning and a shutout bid...

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P3 Episode 8: When Should Gerrit Cole Join the Pirates?

Episode eight of The Pirates Prospects Podcast can be downloaded or streamed below. This episode includes analysis from Tom Bragg (@TomBraggSports) and James Santelli (@JamesSantelli) on the Pirates. Highlights of the show include: **We looked at the injury to Wandy Rodriguez, and debated whether the Pirates should call up Gerrit Cole. Also, what kind of pitcher will Cole be when he first comes up? **The offense has been struggling...

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