Cole trying to find root of extended struggles

What's gone wrong with Gerrit Cole? This time last year, Cole was establishing himself as one of the game's best young pitchers, beginning an eight-start stretch that would cement his status as a top-five Cy Young Award finisher in the National League. But now, after a disappointing five-inning outing in a 5-4 loss to the Astros at PNC Park, Cole is searching for answers.
Via Pirates.com
8 hours ago

Rally falls short as Pirates drop rubber game

Fighting to keep their spot in a crowded American League Wild Card picture, the Astros did exactly what they needed to during a seven-game swing through Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Coming off a series victory over the Orioles, the Astros claimed another over the Pirates with Wednesday's 5-4 win at PNC Park, their fifth win in six games.
Via Pirates.com
10 hours ago

Vogelsong’s fantasy value on the rise despite poor support

To say Ryan Vogelsong’s career has been a roller coaster is probably the understatement of the year. From having to pitch in Japan to returning to the MLB and becoming an All-Star in 2011 and then two-time World Series champion, Vogelsong has seen his fair share of peaks and valleys. His latest metaphoric valley came […] The post Vogelsong’s fantasy value on the rise despite...
Via Today's Knuckleball
12 hours ago

Bell making strides on defensive side

Josh Bell started at first base Wednesday for the fourth straight game, reinforcing the Pirates' suggestion that he will play more often than not after being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday.
Via Pirates.com
14 hours ago

Complete Game Super Nova An Oasis For Pitching-Deprived Owners

Yesterday, Ivan Nova threw a complete game with one earned run -- 9 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks -- ERA at 3.20 on the Pirates, after having a 4.90 ERA on the Yankees.  This Ray Searage guy can do miracles.  People should travel far and wide to go see him with their ailments, anguish and general malaise.  "So, I was standing in line for a frappuccino and I was thinking, 'What...
Via Razzball
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nova, Polanco lead Pirates to 7-1 victory over Astros

PITTSBURGH (AP) Ivan Nova took a shutout into the ninth inning and finished with a six-hitter while Gregory Polanco hit two home runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. Nova (10-6) struck out six, walked one and threw 69 of his 98 pitches for strikes while improving to 3-0 in four starts since being acquired from the New York...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Freese trade analysis and Taillon’s red line

PNC PARK – So I’m an idiot. Earlier today on our Pirates podcast I surmised it was unlikely Freese would be back with the Pirates next season. Whoops. About an hour later, Freese, of course, signed a two-year extension with a club option for 2019. It’s $11 million guaranteed and could be worth up to $16.5 million. Interestingly, Freese did not receive much applause Monday...
Via Bucco Blog
2 days ago

Pirates sign infielder Freese to contract extension

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pirates infielder David Freese has signed a two-year contract extension that takes him through the 2018 season. The deal announced Monday includes a club option for 2019. Terms of the extension were not immediately available. Freese said, ''It's always good to be wanted and the Pirates made that clear when they offered the extension. The 33-year-old signed a...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Monday Mop-Up Duty: Be greedy when others are fearful? (Re: Happ) … and Bell, McCutchen, Cole and more

SOUTH HILLS – Fernando Rodney shot his third imaginary arrow of the weekend into the sky above PNC Park on Sunday afternoon, a celebration Rodney enacts after each successful save. It meant, of course, the Pirates had been swept by the Miami Marlins in a crucial series when the Pirates did not see Jose Fernandez or Giancarlo Stanton. It’s been a Charlie Brown type of season for...
Via Bucco Blog
2 days ago

Bucs' Kang to DL with left shoulder injury, Bell recalled

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury. Kang will likely miss two to four weeks after being injured sliding head first into second base in the eighth inning of Pittsburgh's 6-5 loss to the Miami Marlins on Friday. Pittsburgh has recalled first baseman/outfielder Josh Bell from Triple-A Indianapolis...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Game whatever who cares: Braves 8 Pirates 4

Here is what I would like explained to me: How on Earth can you go through a trade deadline and behave like a team that believes its playoff chances are not completely extinguished this year, then put Jeff Locke on the mound 48 hours later? And if you do go ahead and put Jeff Locke on the mound, then why is he pitching in the fifth inning when he is slowly losing his grip on this...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Shed Salary at the Cost of Two Prospects

The trade of reliever Mark Melancon by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Washington Nationals sent a clear message: the Pirates are in retool mode. Not rebuild mode — they’re too good for that. And certainly not go-for-it mode — the Pirates barely had a 1-in-10 shot of making the playoffs, and you don’t go for it by trading away one of the best relievers in the game. No, the...
Via Fangraphs
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Francisco Liriano reportedly traded to Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays apparently weren’t finished after trading for veteran right-hander Scott Feldman earlier in the day on Monday. According to Robert Murray of FanRag Sports on Monday, the Jays have acquired lefty Francisco Liriano from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Source: Blue Jays get Liriano from Pirates — Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayFRS) August 1, 2016 Stephen J. Nesbitt...
Via Larry Brown Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates swept at Miller Park. Again.

Here’s the thing about an easy schedule: it doesn’t do much good if you don’t beat the bad teams that make the schedule easy. The Pirates went into Miller Park this weekend playing relatively good baseball, then scored six times in three games in being swept at Miller Park for the ten millionth time in the 16 year history of the stadium. It is pretty tempting to complain about...
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals make astute move in acquiring Melancon

It became very clear that the Washington Nationals were going to get a reliever from somewhere prior to Monday’s MLB trade deadline, and they made one of the better moves they could have in acquiring Mark Melancon from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of Fox Sports confirmed Saturday that the Nationals were getting Melancon for left-handed reliever Felipe Rivero...
Via Larry Brown Sports
25 days ago  |  Discuss

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