All posts tagged "Russell Martin"

  • 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...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: First-Pitch Strikes Key for Rodriguez

    Wandy Rodriguez returned from injury Friday for the Pittsburgh Pirates and promptly mowed down the hottest team in baseball. Rodriguez was sharp from the beginning and allowed just one hit in seven innings and combined with Mark Melancon and Vin Mazzarro to face the minimum of 27 batters in the Pirates’ 6-0 win...

  • Game Recaps
    A.J. Burnett: Anatomy of a One-Hitter

    So many events have to go right for a no-hitter to happen. We sometimes lose sight of that, living in this Golden Age of 23 no-hitters in the last six years. Even with no-hitters becoming almost as common an occurrence as Clint Barmes home runs, they still require a potent combination of...

  • Analysis
    Pirates Pregame: McDonald Still Searching for Consistency

    James McDonald makes his third start of the 2013 season tonight with the St. Louis Cardinals visiting PNC Park, and one has to wonder which McDonald will be on the mound tonight for the Pirates. James McDonald will make his third start of the season tonight. Photo Credit: David Hague Will it...

  • Analysis
    Martin’s Role Could Be A Key to Success

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Russell Martin after the 2012 season it was not for his bat -- and with good reason. Russell Martin has been a part of four playoff teams -- two each with the Dodgers and Yankees. Photo credit: David Hague Martin, who turned 30 in February, owns a...

  • Game Recaps
    Jonathan Sanchez Shelled As Pirates Lose Sweep Attempt 10-2

    When baseball games that count are played in early April, most of the conclusions people draw are based around confirmation bias. These first nine games are no more significant than the nine games that will happen May 8-16 or June 15-23 or whenever. But conclusions are drawn at this point anyway, because...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Locke Looks to Stick Around After Making Roster

    A weekend start at Dodger Stadium presents Jeff Locke a familiar setting for a new kind of outing. He pitched here in September 2011 for his second career Major League start and first on the road. It was even his first time in California. It was an experience Locke says was “overwhelming,”...

  • First Pitch
    First Pitch: Who Should Bat Second?

    At the end of Spring Training, the Pittsburgh Pirates started using Garrett Jones as a number two hitter. I wrote about the topic during the final week, and noted that Clint Hurdle said the team was also looking at Neil Walker, Russell Martin, and Travis Snider as other options. He also said...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Jonathan Sanchez Making Pirates Debut

    Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez will be making his first regular season start for the Pirates on Friday night at Dodger Stadium. “Jonathan has made as good a stride as anyone we had in camp, with the command, with the four-pitch mix,” Hurdle said. “He’s excited. He’s in the best place he’s been: physically,...

  • Game Recaps
    Seeing Similarities in the Pirates’ Two Losses

    The Pittsburgh Pirates couldn’t complete a ninth-inning comeback in their 3-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs and it there was a sense of déjà vu to the game. Much like in the Opening Day loss, the Pirates got a strong outing from its starting pitcher. James McDonald allowed just two hits and...

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