PIRATES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Two-Start Pitchers, Week 9: Cole The Door!

First off, hopefully you understand the connotation of this article's title from last Sunday. Potential spoilers ahead? Maybe? Second, I mean, damn it! Really, Bran? Ya had to do Hodor like that? Third, he really did hold that door. Standing O and hats off to you, gentle mini-giant. You own the episode. For the first time ever Game of Thrones fans experienced an emotional heart...
Via Razzball
57 minutes ago  |  Discuss

John Jaso in the midst of a career year

When it comes to thinking of nicknames for John Jaso, there’s plenty of material in which to choose. He’s a former catcher, turned first baseman, who hits leadoff yet has below average speed … oh, and he has dreadlocks. Simply put, Jaso is a guy fantasy owners in deeper leagues want in the lineup. Last season, owners saw the Pittsburgh Pirates try to move Pedro Alvarez to...
Via Today's Knuckleball
3 hours ago

Pirates in no hurry to promote pitching prospects

One of Neal Huntington’s strengths since becoming the Pittsburgh Pirates’ general manager late in the 2007 season has been his ability to build strong bullpens. Not so much this year, though. The Pirates’ 4.07 relief ERA ranks just 21st in the major leagues. Closer Mark Melancon and set-up men Tony Watson, Neftali Feliz and Jared Hughes have formed an effective foursome after...
Via Today's Knuckleball
5 hours ago

Kang thrives in first Major League game at DH

Jung Ho Kang got a lot of work done on a "day off" Friday, taking advantage of a rare opportunity to start at designated hitter -- the first time he has ever done so in the Majors -- and pacing the Pirates' offense with a three-run homer that broke open a 9-1 victory over the Rangers in the opener of a three-game series.
Via Pirates.com
14 hours ago

Niese leaving early-season struggles behind

After struggling through a rough first month of the season, Pirates lefty Jonathon Niese has undergone a rapid turnaround in May, posting four consecutive quality starts including a one-run, six-inning outing on Friday in a 9-1 win over the Rangers.
Via Pirates.com
14 hours ago

Hurdle happy to manage against Banister

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said he and Jeff Banister, the former Pirates bench coach who now manages the Rangers, still trade texts and e-mails nearly every day -- but exchanging lineup cards Friday night was a long-awaited, once-in-a-lifetime moment for both skippers.
Via Pirates.com
20 hours ago

Pirates’ potent offense better than expected

It would be hard to fathom a little more than three months ago that the Pittsburgh Pirates would have one of the most potent offenses in the major leagues. The Pirates entered spring training looking like a team that would struggle to score runs. The lineup had appeared to be weakened following an offseason in which second baseman Neil Walker was traded to the New York Yankees and...
Via Today's Knuckleball
20 hours ago

The new status quo

It’s been a while since I checked in on here, but it’s almost a little weird well how my general thoughts in the previous post have held up. In short: The Good: OBP The Bad: Pitching depth (and the Cubs being really really good). A month and a half later, the Pirates are leading the league in OBP and are scoring plenty of runs as a result. The pitching may be coming around a...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
22 hours ago

La Russa entered broadcast booth to dispute comments

Things have gotten a bit tense during the series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks. So tense, in fact, that Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa invaded the Pirates’ broadcast booth during a game to dispute on-air comments. Things started when Pirates reliever Arquimedes Caminero hit two Diamondbacks players in the head Tuesday night. While the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs turn to Corbin to stave off Pirates sweep

Gerrit Cole hopes certain trends from his latest start for the Pittsburgh Pirates carry over while others can be chalked up as just an anomaly.Coming off an odd outing he didn't quite know how to feel about, Cole looks to deliver the Pirates a series sweep over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks in the finale of a 10-game homestand Thursday.Pittsburgh (26-19) opened the series with...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates get to De La Rosa in 5th, hold off D-backs

PITTSBURGH -- David Freese hit a long two-run home run to cap a four-run fifth inning, Sean Rodriguez also homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.Freese hit a 451-foot blast into the Pirates' bullpen in center field off Rubby De La Rosa (4-5) to put the Pirates ahead 5-4. They trailed 4-1 coming into the fifth...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Gregory Polanco is here

One of the big mistakes that we, as baseball fans, make (and I’m including myself in this group with a bullet) is assuming that all players develop along a similar pattern. Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco all came up through the minors as five-tool centerfielders with gap power and very high ceilings, and so the expectation for Polanco (pretty inarguably...
Via WHYGAVS?
3 days ago  |  Discuss

A Status Update on the Francisco Liriano Experience

Francisco Liriano‘s most recent outing for the Pittsburgh Pirates ended with eight consecutive balls and the bases loaded. The Pirates won that game, 12-1, over the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Liriano allowed just one earned runs on two hits, but the outing was nevertheless troubling for the 32-year-old lefty. Troubling because he walked five and struck out two, marking the third...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Francisco Liriano has some serious home/road splits this year

Francisco Liriano has always had a home/road split as a Pirate. This isn’t necessarily surprising; PNC Park is a very friendly park to left-handed pitchers because it’s very unfriendly to right-handed hitters and Liriano fits into it almost like a hand in a glove, with his ground-ball oriented approach and the way he dominates left-handed hitters. His splits this year and beyond...
Via WHYGAVS?
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates pitcher Vogelsong dealing multiple facial fractures

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong remains hospitalized with swelling and multiple facial fractures, a day after the veteran took a 92 mph fastball to the head from Colorado pitcher Jordan Lyles. Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk said Tuesday that Vogelsong is ''in good spirits'' but added that doctors won't be able to determine the extent of the damage around...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 43: Pirates 6 Rockies 3

There is nothing that makes you contemplate your connection to the world quite like an eye injury does. I’m speaking from experience here; when I was 11 I was hit hard in the eyebrow with a line drive and had no idea how bad the injury was until I got to the hospital (I was lucky, no broken bones, and what seems to have been a pretty minor concussion). More recently, I’ve been...
Via WHYGAVS?
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Ryan Vogelsong hit in face with pitch, carted off

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong left Monday’s game against the Colorado Rockies in the second inning after being hit in the face by a pitch. Vogelsong was batting with the bases loaded and one out in the second inning when Rockies right-hander Jordan Lyles appeared to strike him in the face with a 92-mph fastball. Vogelsong fell immediately in the batter’s box, where...
Via The Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 50 AAA Starting Pitchers

Embed from Getty Images Pittsburgh Pirates fans are just salivating at the idea of Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow joining the big league rotation. Pittsburgh is just four games over .500, but in second place and 6 games behind the first place Chicago Cubs. They own the sixth worst ERA in the National League, and Gerrit Cole (2.79) is the only starter with an ERA under 4...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Polanco due for a breakout season?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are often considered to have the best outfield in baseball. Thanks to the likes of Andrew McCutchen at center field, and Starling Marte in left. Rounding out the trio comes Gregory Polanco in right field. Called up midway through the 2014 season, the Pirates have been patiently waiting for him to develop into the star-caliber player they believe him to be....
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates Have Been Good, Just Not in the Way We Expected

If you were looking to rank early-season National League storylines, the Pirates playing at an 87-win pace probably wouldn’t be near the top of the list. As a narrative, it doesn’t compete with the scorching-hot Cubs, the surprising Phillies, a team that can’t win home games in Atlanta, and plenty of exciting individual players. Our preseason projections had the Pirates finishing...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' Francisco Liriano spun around like a top trying to locate a grounder

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Francisco Liriano made one of the best between-the-legs catches you'll ever see back in 2013. On Wednesday night, he tried to make a similar snag, but the grounder went off his leg and he had absolutely no clue where the ball went.The hit came off the bat of Daniel Castro, who was able to leg out a single thanks to Liriano's confusion.It only took him two...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Keep Francisco Cervelli as a Bargain

The weakest free agent class in recent memory just got weaker again, as Francisco Cervelli has now joined Stephen Strasburg in taking a mid-season extension rather than testing the open market this winter. Sources: Francisco Cervelli has signed a three-year contract extension with the Pirates. Total money is $31 million. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 17, 2016 As Passan notes...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates accuse Jake Arrieta of intentionally hitting player

The rivalry between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs remains alive and well. The two teams traded hit batsmen during Saturday’s game, with the Pirates in particular accusing Jake Arrieta of throwing at Jung Ho Kang, an allegation the Cubs denied. “Anytime somebody like Arrieta hits somebody, you’ve got to assume automatically that one didn’t just get away,” Pirates...
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss
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