All posts tagged "Russell Martin"

  • Injury Updates
    McDonald to the DL, Martin Day-to-Day

    James McDonald has been placed on the 15-day DL. Photo Credit: David Hague The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed James McDonald on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 1st, with discomfort in his right shoulder. Jeanmar Gomez will make the start tonight. I wrote a few weeks ago about how there were...

  • First Pitch
    First Pitch: Could the Pirates be 31-23 at the End of May?

    We heard at the start of the season how the Pittsburgh Pirates had one of the toughest early season schedules in the game. Despite that schedule, the Pirates are 17-14, in second place in the NL Central, and sitting with the fifth highest winning percentage in the National League. They swept the...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Five Things We Have Learned About Pirates Hitters

    It’s a three-word term you will hear often early in the season: small sample size. Carlos Gomez leads the NL in batting average? Small sample size. Chris Davis is second in the majors in OPS? Small sample size. B.J. Upton is last in the NL in on-base percentage? You get the point....

  • Analysis
    Video: Hurdle Talks Locke, Bullpen; Strasburg More Efficient

    Three videos today from the after the Nationals' 5-4 win against the Pirates at PNC Park. Clint Hurdle's interview is broken up into two parts and I was even able to snag some of Stephen Strasburg's clubhouse interview. I'll have a recap of today's game up this evening but for now enjoy...

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Can’t Find a Way to Win in Milwaukee; Pitchers Not Doing Themselves Favors

    Last night the Pittsburgh Pirates were blown out in Milwaukee, thanks in large part to a lot of home runs by the Brewers. The obvious solution? Hit more home runs and beat them at their own game. Tonight the Pirates did just that. They combined for four home runs, which accounted for...

  • Analysis
    Russell Martin Named the NL Player of the Week

    Russell Martin has been named the NL player of the week. Photo credit: David Hague Russell Martin has been named the National League player of the Week, Major League Baseball announced this afternoon. Martin hit for a .375 average and led the National League with four homers and a .958 slugging percentage....

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Continue Their Late Inning Hitting to Beat St. Louis 5-3

    The Pirates have had a small trend this year with late inning comebacks. They’ve struggled against starting pitchers, but have managed comebacks against opponents bullpens. That appeared once again in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Pirates were riding a good start by A.J. Burnett, who...

  • Game Recaps
    The Bullpen Didn’t Need Burnett’s Control Issues

    Looking at the stat line, A.J. Burnett didn’t have a terrible start. He gave up just two runs on five hits and three walks in five innings, while striking out seven. Looking beyond the stats, that start was definitely not what the Pirates needed right now. The bullpen is currently over-worked. That...

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Beat Braves 4-2 to Complete Successful Homestand

    The Pittsburgh Pirates getting out to a 10-8 record to start 2013 would be far less impressive if half of those games were against, say, the Marlins, Padres and Astros. Strength of schedule plays a larger part in early-season stats and records than many of us want to recognize. Yes, the Texas...

  • Game Recaps
    Pirates Win Thanks to an Improved McDonald and Strong Lineup Construction

    Tonight wasn’t the type of game you’d normally expect the Pirates to win. It’s not the type of matchup you’d expect any team to win. On one side you had the best team in baseball, with a pitcher who entered the game with 20.1 shutout innings to start the season. On the...

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