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What’s Wrong With Marte’s Average?

Starling Marte has had an interesting season this far, producing numbers you may have expected more from a power hitting first baseman such as Lucas Duda or Chris Carter. Currently, Marte has as many as home runs as Paul Goldschmidt, Adam Jones, and J.D. Martinez. Of course, that’s not a bad thing. However, he also has just two stolen bases and isn’t inspiring anybody with a...
Via Baseball Professor
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Game 16: Pirates 5 Cubs 4

When the lineups were announced before this game and I saw Starling Marte on the bench with his hand problem and Andrew McCutchen out with a scheduled off day, I thought to myself, “Well, this is doable if Gregory Polanco does everything by himself.” As it turned out, he almost did, though he got a helping hand from Josh Harrison. With the Pirates down 4-1 in the sixth inning...
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Do Alvarez and Cole deserve extensions?

  Winning and tough decisions go hand in hand. The Pirates have reversed the culture in Pittsburgh and became a winning team, but now the decisions carry more weight. If the Pirates want to continue to win, they need to make strong personnel decisions and they have a couple big decisions looming in the next couple years. Both Gerrit Cole and Pedro Alvarez are set to hit free agency...
Via Fox Sports
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Locke tries to get the Pirates a split with the Cubs

It’s only been two games, but I’ve been quite impressed with the 2015 version of Jeff Locke. I don’t like to jump to too many conclusions based on just a couple of games, but Locke’s control looks vastly improved this year and his ground balls are way up. Obviously Locke’s control has varied pretty widely from start-to-start over his career, but I feel like we’ve seen...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A wintry win

It was another weird night at a mostly-deserted PNC Park on Wednesday, but through a mini-snowstorm and more rough moments for the bullpen, the Pirates were able to pull-out a much needed win. Yes, you read that right, a mini snowstorm. Oh the weather outside is weather. — MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) April 23, 2015 The “snow” only lasted a half inning ...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirates-Cubs play through snowstorm (GIF)

We may be a month into the spring season, but it sure didn't feel like it on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh, where the Pirates and visiting Chicago Cubs played through a snowstorm at PNC Park.Oh the weather outside is weather.— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) April 23, 2015H/T BC. This post appeared first on Holdout Sports. Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.
Via Holdout Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Shark attacked

Melancon’s cutter bottomed out at 86 mph tonight. Sat 87-88. That pitch averaged 91.6 mph last season — Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) April 22, 2015 Hurdle says “no injury” related issues with Melancon. — David Manel (@DavidManel) April 22, 2015 Melancon said he is unaware of continued velocity decline — Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) April 22, 2015 https...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Fan hit in head with ball at MLB game released from hospital

The Pittsburgh Pirates fan who was hit in the head with a foul ball Monday night, was released from the hospital Tuesday. The woman, whose identity hasn’t been released, was removed on a stretcher after a foul ball back to the screen struck her in the back of the head. The fan had her back to the field and was hit in the head with a line drive foul ball off the bat of Chicago...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs-Pirates delayed 23 minutes after fan is KO'd by foul ball behind home plate

Cubs / Pirates was delayed 23 minutes after a female fan was knocked out by a foul ball behind home plate.Eyewitness report from Sean Truver (1:00 mark) is fascinating. The fan, after treatment, was carried out on a stretcher where she gave a thumbs up gesture. Pirates statement on injured fan at PNC Park.— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) April 21, 2015Follow...
Via Bob's Blitz
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Fan at Pirates game hit by foul ball through netting

This is horrifying, and something you would never expect or hope to happen. During Monday night’s Cubs-Pirates game, a fan behind home plate was struck with a foul ball hit by Starlin Castro through the netting. The netting didn’t snap, but the fan was standing close enough to the netting where it gave enough to still hit her in the head. HOLY JESUS! This just happened...
Via The Outside Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

NL Central Top 10 Prospects Round-Up

The 2015 season is well underway and that means the minor-leagues are abuzz with activity. All the way from Single A to the majors, below is our weekly round-up of the top 10 prospects in the NL Central. 1. Kris Bryant 3B – Cubs: After being sent down to Triple A Iowa for a handful of games, the most hyped prospect in recent memory is finally in the majors. After three strikeouts...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pete Rose joining Fox brings reinstatement one step closer

This weekend, Fox Sports blew the mind of baseball fans across the country when they hired banned MLB hit king Pete Rose as a studio analyst. While there was some negative feedback for Fox following the hire, many baseball fans were enthused and overjoyed about Fox bringing Rose closer to the game, regardless of how good or bad he’ll end up as an on-air analyst. But Fox...
Via Awful Announcing
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 4-13-15 to 4-19-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 4/13/15 thru 4/19/15, the 2nd week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 4 Wins and 2 Loss, 22 Runs Scored and 14 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: Gerrit Cole started the week by holding the red hot Detroit Tigers to just 1 hit in the first 6 innings on Opening Day at PNC Park. Cole would run into trouble...
Via Hidden Vigorish
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Vol. 2: NL Central Weekly Wrap-Up

The season is now two weeks old, and the NL Central still looks as bleak as ever. It isn’t expected to change anytime soon either. From the call-up of Cubs’ Bryant to the dismal Brew Crew, the Central never gets boring. Chicago Cubs It was a big week for the Cubs with top-prospect Kris Bryant finally getting the call. Although Bryant didn’t start off too well (3 hits, 4 strikeouts...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pittsburgh Pirates Ballgirl Snatches Line Drive Right Out of the Air

Ball girls typically make the round online when they do something foolish or if they double as Hooters girls, but that's not the case with this Pirates ballgirl. With a line drive headed her way she flashed the kind of skill with her glove that coaches dream of having in their own players.Well done young lady. Well done indeed.via Cut4Read more »
Via FatManWriting
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Stewart up, Sanchez down

We have recalled C Chris Stewart from his rehab assign & reinstated him from the 15-day DL. Tony Sanchez has been optioned to @indyindians — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) April 17, 2015 For some reason, a bunch of fans are up in arms about this move. I don’t get it. Well, actually I do get it. Tony Sanchez is a fun and likable guy, yes. He had a great spring (which you...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: early offensive struggles

After finishing their series with the Detroit Tigers, the Pirates have shown their weakness. So far this season the starting pitchers have performed at a very high level, minus one start by Vance Worley. In back-to-back games Pittsburgh has failed to score a single run while producing only five hits. While some might downplay this as only two games, it doesn’t appear that this...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen Makes a Modern Baserunning Gaffe

It’s not very often you see Andrew McCutchen making a mistake, but it happened yesterday in Pittsburgh’s 1-0 loss to the Tigers. A tip of the hat to Pirates broadcasters Tim Neverett and Bob Walk for pointing out this interesting wrinkle. It was the Pirates’ half of the fourth inning, with the game tied 0-0 […]
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Is it Time to Worry About Mark Melancon?

The lifespan of a closer tends to be very short. Very few closers maintain effectiveness year after year. And when they do fall from grace it is often very swift. I’m looking at you Ernesto Frieri, Chris Perez, and Jim Johnson. So as a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates it causes me great concern to see Mark Melancon get hit so hard by the Tigers in the Pirates’ home opener. ...
Via Hidden Vigorish
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: opening week recap

The 2015 season kicked off this past week and the Pirates have rebounded nicely after a rough start. After the first two series the Bucs sit at 2-4. While it is still early and the sample size is small, there are some things to keep an eye on as the season progresses. Hopefully a return to PNC Park will give the Pirates a much needed spark. The opening series in Cincinnati is one...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Blaming Hurdle for Opening Series Bullpen Failure is Misguided

The Pirates had a very rocky series with the Reds to open the 2015 season. Three games, three rain delays, three losses, and three times the bullpen failed. Hopefully bad things come in threes and this series will soon become a distant memory. The opening series disaster in Cincinnati culminated with manager Clint Hurdle being heaped with a fair amount of scorn for electing to use...
Via Hidden Vigorish
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates extend Josh Harrison

Last season was Josh Harrison’s fourth season in the majors though just his first full season. It was also the best season of his entire career at any level. In 550 plate appearances he hit 315/347/490 (.365 wOBA, 137 wRC+) with 13 home runs and 18 stolen bases. He also played 3B, 2B, SS, LF, and RF.  Today the Pirates rewarded Harrison with a 4 year extension worth $27.3 million...
Via The Outside Corner
16 days ago  |  Discuss

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