First Pitch: The Bench Has (Almost) Been Fully Upgraded
Aug07

First Pitch: The Bench Has (Almost) Been Fully Upgraded

One of the big areas of need for the Pirates leading up to the deadline was the bench. For a long stretch the Pirates had a weak hitting bench, with Michael McKenry, Brandon Inge, Clint Barmes, and Travis Snider all struggling to hit. The only other hitter on the bench was either Gaby Sanchez, who can’t hit right-handers, or Garrett Jones, who can’t hit left-handers, depending on who was playing that day in the platoon....

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Pirates Notebook: Rubber Band Bryan Morris Providing Versatility
Aug04

Pirates Notebook: Rubber Band Bryan Morris Providing Versatility

Hey, y’all prepare yourself // For the Rubberband man // You never heard a sound // Like the Rubberband man // You’re bound to lose control // When the Rubberband starts to jam The Spinners’ 1976 song “The Rubber Band Man” would ring from the speakers of Three Rivers Stadium when Kent Tekulve entered for one of his league-most 94 appearances in the Pirates’ 1979 championship season. While Bryan...

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Pirates Notebook: Bucs Return to PNC Park
Jul29

Pirates Notebook: Bucs Return to PNC Park

The Pittsburgh Pirates return to PNC Park on this Monday night, and open a five-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals (62-40) lead the Pirates (61-42) by 1.5 games in the National League Central, and Tuesday’s proceedings feature a double-header to make up a previous contest that was rained out after two innings in April 16. For context as to how long ago that was, Jonathan Sanchez started for the Pirates....

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Marlins Win the Battle of the Young Aces; Wandy and Snider Updates
Jul28

Marlins Win the Battle of the Young Aces; Wandy and Snider Updates

Gerrit Cole vs Jose Fernandez. That was the matchup today. One was a first overall pick in the 2011 draft. The other was taken 13 picks later. Both have progressed to the point where they look like they could be future number one starters. Unfortunately for the Pirates, Fernandez looks like he might already be there. The young right-hander dominated the Pirates lineup for two runs on five hits in eight innings, setting a career high...

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Locke’s Control and a Weak Bench Are Two Concerns From Tonight’s Loss
Jul27

Locke’s Control and a Weak Bench Are Two Concerns From Tonight’s Loss

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost their second game in a row, falling 2-0 to the Miami Marlins tonight. Thus begins The Collapsening 3.0.3. Or 3.0.4. It’s hard to keep track. There were two things that stood out in tonight’s loss, which have both been problems as of late. Jeff Locke Struggled With His Control The big story with Jeff Locke this year is the debate over whether he will maintain his high ERA, or see a regression....

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