The Pittsburgh Pirates have opened up the 2020 season with an 0-2 record, losing a close one by a 5-4 score on Opening Day, before being blown out 9-1 yesterday. Today's a special day here, which I say while making a reckless statement. Mitch Keller makes his season debut and I'm predicting that he will no longer be called...
The Pittsburgh Pirates (0-1) are on the road today to take on the St Louis Cardinals (1-0) in game two of the 2020 season. It's a 2:15 PM game time and out-of-town viewers can watch the game on MLB Network. It will also be on AT&T SportsNet. Trevor Williams will be on the mound to take on veteran right-handed...
The Pirates lost to Cincinnati by the same score as yesterday, 6-5.  This time the defeat came in the 10th inning.  It was the Pirates' third straight loss following a nine-game winning streak. The home team got a better effort from its starter than yesterday, when Bruce Kison lasted just a third of an inning.  John Candelaria went eight, allowing...
The 1912 Pittsburgh Pirates were playing well through early July, owning a 41-29 record. On July 9th, the Philadelphia Phillies were at Forbes Field and they were 31-36 at the time. It was a Tuesday afternoon and the crowd was sparse, with approximately 3,000 fans showing up to watch the cross-state rivals battle. The Pirates were starting their 23-year-old phenom...
Five former Pittsburgh Pirates born on this date, plus a trade of note and a unique feat by the Great One. Doug Drabek, pitcher for the 1987-92 Pirates. He was a workhorse in the Pirates rotation, averaging 33 starts and 227 innings pitched per season over his six years in Pittsburgh. He remains as the last Pirates pitcher to win...
In yesterday's First Pitch, we mentioned the new 16-team playoff system in effect for this year (and probably beyond). According to Fangraphs, the Pirates now have a 14.2% chance of making the playoffs, though their World Series chances remained at 0.1% (insert Jim Carrey saying "so you're telling me there's a chance" meme here). Fangraphs also posted their official 2020...
Welcome to Opening Day of the 2020 season for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They are in St Louis to take on the Cardinals. Joe Musgrove will be on the mound for the Pirates, going up against right-hander Jack Flaherty. We will have a Live Discussion article for every game. Comments are open for game talk below. If you missed anything, here...
We finally made it. The season has started, and even though it won’t look the same, baseball—at least some—will be played in 2020. With baseball comes the opportunity to talk about Pittsburgh Pirates’ fans’ favorite topic—payroll. Of course, it won’t look quite the same as it always has, as salaries will be prorated based on the 60-game season. It’s still...
Starter Bruce Kison retired only one batter before departing as the Pirates dropped a 6-5 decision in the opener of their three-game series with the Reds.  The bullpen contributed a good effort, but the team's comeback effort fell short. Kison faced seven batters and, apart from a strikeout of Joe Morgan, all of them hit singles.  Dan Driessen drove in...
Right before the 1981 season started, the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired first baseman Jason Thompson from the California Angels in exchange for catcher Ed Ott and pitcher Mickey Mahler. It was a one-sided deal, with the Pirates getting five seasons from Thompson as a starter, while Ott got injured and Mahler pitched 14.1 innings for the Angels. Thompson really had...

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Pirates Prospects took the leap to being my full-time job at the end of the 2010 season, all thanks to the release of our...