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Cubs Roll Past Pirates Behind Jake Arrieta, Kyle Schwarber

Chicago Cubs 22 game winner Jake Arrieta handcuffed the Pittsburgh Pirates in complete game shutout, Kyle Schwarber drove in three runs, and Dexter Fowler slugged a solo homer to back up the effort, as the Cubs rolled past the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 in the National League Wild Card game to advance to the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. Arieta struck out 11 and allowed just four hits on 113 pitches. The NL Cy Young Award contender allowed only four earned runs in his final 12 starts of the season, a stretch in which he went 11-0 with a... 
 

Pirates Rumors: Third Baseman Needs Come Into Focus

Versatile third baseman Josh Harrison will miss seven weeks after undergoing surgery for a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Wednesday. Harrison’s injury arrives in the midst of his team’s eight-game winning streak that has lifted it within four games of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League East with a 50-34 record. Pittsburgh currently owns a 3.5-game lead in the NL wild card race. The Pirates are also without outfielder Starling Marte, who left Sunday’s game after... 
 

Pittsburgh Pirates Rotation Depth Being Tested At Minor League Level

Easily the biggest strength of the Pittsburgh Pirates thus far this season has been the work of the rotation. The starting staff has been among the best not just in the National League, but all of baseball – keeping the team afloat while the offense tries to find its groove. But while their success of their rotation – especially at the top – has been nice, the idea of going through an entire season without needing some extra help from the minor leagues is crazy. Pittsburgh has already had to dig into their farm system when they... 
 

Phillies ship Bastardo to Pirates for minor league pitcher

With Francisco Liriano and A.J. Burnett signed to solidify the rotation for 2015, the Pittsburgh Pirates shifted their attention to the bullpen by acquiring 29-year-old left-hander Antonio Bastardo from the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league pitcher Joely Rodriguez. Earlier this week, the Phillies were reportedly talking to the Boston Red Sox about trading Bastardo for minor league infielder and Philadelphia area native Sean Coyle. Bastardo has spent all six of his Major League seasons with the Phillies. He surrendered just 43 hits in 64 innings... 
 

Pittsburgh Pirates re-sign Francisco Liriano

The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed Francisco Liriano to a three year deal worth $39 million, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Earlier in the offseason Liriano rejected the Pirates qualifying offer of $15.3 million. The Pirates added veteran pitcher A.J. Burnett back in November. He and Liriano were a formidable 1-2 punch at the top of the Pirates rotation in 2013. The 31 year-old Liriano revitalized his career in Pittsburgh. After a couple of lackluster seasons with the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox in which he posted ERAs north... 
 

MLB Free Agents: Pirates Reunited with A.J. Burnett

The Pittsburgh Pirates are reunited with starting pitcher A.J. Burnett. The 37 year-old hurler signed a one-year deal worth $8.5 million according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Burnett previously played for the Pirates from 2012-13. In his two seasons with the Pirates, Burnett posted some of the best numbers of his career. He managed a 3.41 ERA with strikeout and walk rates of 23.6 percent and 7.8 percent, respectively. In addition, he had one of the highest ground ball rates in the major leagues. All of these factors contributed to a stellar adjusted... 
 

MLB Free Agent Profile: Russell Martin

The Pittsburgh Pirates tagged catcher Russell Martin with a qualifying offer this Monday, which he is likely to decline. The 31 year-old catcher has the option of accepting a one-year contract with the Pirates for $15.3 million, but it’s more likely that he will test free agency. After a career year at the plate, it’s likely that Martin can find a multi-year deal. The Pirates signed Martin to a two year deal worth $15 million in the 2012 offseason. Martin was coming off two seasons with the New York Yankees where he provided some... 
 

Pittsburgh Pirates Offense Is Carrying Them Towards the Playoffs

After enduring a difficult start to the season, the Pittsburgh Pirates have fought their way back into the second Wild Card spot. At 75-68, they have a 1.5 game lead on the Atlanta Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers for the last playoff berth. A big reason for their success has been their offensive prowess. In terms of runs scored, the Pirates rank ninth in the major leagues, and third in the National League. by wRC+, a park-adjusted batting metric, the Pirates 107 mark is third-best in the major leagues. However, the fact that they carry a... 
 

NL MVP Candidates: Andrew McCutchen

Last season, Andrew McCutchen led the Pittsburgh Pirates to their first playoff appearance in 21 years. The Pirates centerfielder produced a .317/.404/.508 batting line, drilled 21 home runs, stole 27 bases, and played excellent defense. Overall he totaled 8.3 fWAR, the most in the National League. Only Mike Trout had more. For his efforts, McCutchen was named the NL’s Most Valuable Player. Despite missing time with a rib injury, McCutchen is having another great year. Through the first two months of the season he hit just four home runs.... 
 

Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen Headed to DL

The Pittsburgh Pirates are expected to announced that All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen will be placed 15-day disabled list due to an oblique muscle injury, according to the  the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. McCutchen may miss up to a month of playing time, significantly impacting the Pirates run at a playoff spot. The injury occurred during Sundays game with the Arizona Diamondbacks during an eighth inning at bat. McCutchen  has never been on the disabled list in his Major League career. He’s played in 843 of 868 games since his debut... 
 

Jason Grilli, Ernesto Fieri Swapped In Change of Scenery Deal

The Los Angeles Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates traded closers Jason Grilli and Ernesto Fieri in a move that both teams hope will help both players. Grilli had served as the Pirates’ primary closing option for most of the past two seasons before being removed from the role recently. After a solid 2013 season, 33 saves, Grilli struggled with his command this season, and was 0-2 with a 4.87 ERA and 11 saves in 22 appearances and lost his job to Mark Melancon last week after blowing 4 of his 15 save opportunities. Pirates General Manager Neal Huntingdon... 
 

Pirates Place Gerritt Cole On DL With Shoulder Fatigue

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed young ace Gerrit Cole on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder fatigue. The move is retroactive to June 4. The Pirates called up lefty Jeff Locke from Triple-A Indianapolis to start Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. In 12 starts and 76 2/3 innings this season, Cole has gone 6-3 with a 3.64 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. He has a 3.39 ERA in 194 MLB innings since making his debut last summer. Manager Clint Hurdle said there have been some signs in his past several starts that fatigue may have set in.... 
 

Jordy Mercer: Pirates Look to Turn Shortstop Position into Strength

Clint Barmes, Ronny Cedeno , Jack Wilson, Mike Benjamin, Pat Meares, Lou Collier, Kevin Elster. Those names all have two things in common. 1) Over the last 15 seasons, they have been starters on opening day for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  2) Not one of those players were above average or even average Major League hitters Heading into the 2014 season, the Pirates look to change that, as they have named Jordy Mercer their starting shortstop. Mercer, 27, was drafted in the third round of the 2008 draft. Mercer replaces Clint Barmes, who manned the position... 
 

What Would a Starling Marte Contract Extension Mean to the Pirates?

Unless you consider a fifth-starter reclamation job and a handful of wait-and-see organizational promotions exhilarating, it’s been an awfully quiet offseason for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Not so for the Atlanta Braves, who earlier this winter signed the future core of their franchise to five contract extensions totaling 27 years and over $280 million in just over two weeks’ time. Pittsburgh is never going to be a big-market club, and no amount of fireworks nights or even legitimate home sellout streaks will take them into the same economic... 
 

Pirates Stockpiled Arms Before Rule Change On Slot Draft Picks

Before the new management regime in Pittsburgh, the Pirates were notoriously bad, even laughable when it came to drafting and developing players. Neal Huntington accepted the GM position for the Pirates in 2007. Shortly after, Huntington along with a few other GM’s around the leage employed a strategy that has brought about rule changes for all of Major League Baseball. Teams that were not willing or simply could not spend the money needed to land top tier free agents began to spend more and more in the draft. According to Jorge L. Ortiz at USA... 
 

Pirates’ Liriano, Cole to Provide a Genuine Top of the Rotation

Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Francisco Liriano would be the team’s Opening Day starter for the 2014 season. “[Liriano] is another guy that models the behavior we want to instill in others,” Bucs manager Clint Hurdle said of the announcement. “He does it a different way than Cutch, but he does it. Every day he does it. “He’s a man you can depend on, and many times I share with these players, the greatest ability you can have day in and day out is your dependability, and we have that in Francisco.” If the timing... 
 

What is A.J. Burnett Worth to the Pittsburgh Pirates?

Once A.J. Burnett stated that he will be putting off retirement for at least another year, he became the best available pitcher on the free agent market. Typing that sentence seems a little odd considering that it was only two years ago that the New York Yankees paid the Pittsburgh Pirates to take Burnett off their hands. In December of 2008, Burnett signed a five year, $82.5 million dollar deal with the Yankees. His first year went well, and he posted an park-adjusted ERA 12 percent better than the league average with a 21.8 percent strikeout... 
 

Pirates Coaching Staff Faces Familiar Task Fixing Edinson Volquez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have many young arms beginning to infiltrate the major league ball club and many still working their way through the system. Until there are enough home grown pitchers to fill out the rotation, management has gone the ‘low risk’ route in free agency. Signing pitchers with high upside and low contracts have been commonplace since 2010, many working out in the Pirates favor and some not. The ones that have not, obviously did not cost the Pirates much in return. The Pirates have consistently been able to take pitchers... 
 

Gerrit Cole and Danny Salazar, Aces on Your Radar

Who were two hardest throwing starting pitchers in baseball in 2013? The correct answer is Gerrit Cole of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Danny Salazar of the Cleveland Indians, who each averaged a touch over 96 miles per hour. Miami Marlins hurler Nathan Eovaldi would have been a sufficient answer as well, but he’s far less interesting. Cole and Salazar made waves in their somewhat limited major league innings in 2013 with their big-time stuff. I’ll go out on a limb and say both are bona-fide aces in 2014. The question is, which... 
 

Pirates Decisions For First Baseman, Burnett Loom

This is a different kind of offseason for the Pittsburgh Pirates. One they have not experienced since the winter following the 1992 campaign, when they fell to the Atlanta Braves in heartbreaking fashion in the bottom of the ninth of Game Seven of the NLCS. For the first time since 1992, the Pirates secured a playoff berth in 2013. They topped Cincinnati in the wild card game before losing to St. Louis in the NLDS. So far, it has been a quiet offseason in Pittsburgh that expects to pick up before spring training arrives. The Pirates did acquire... 
 

Pirates Extend Charlie Morton, Sign Edinson Volquez

Earlier today Pittsburgh Pirates reached an agreement with right-hander Charlie Morton on a three-year contract extension worth $21 million that could reach $30 million in total value according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Now the news that the team has  agreed to terms with right-hander Edinson Volquez on a one-year  worth $5 million. Morton would have been eligible for free agency following the 2014 season. He is coming off a strong 2012 in which he pitched to a 3.26 ERA and  recorded in astounding 62.9 percent ground-ball rate. Morton,... 
 

Pittsburgh Pirates Renewing Interest in James Loney

The Pittsburgh Pirates reportedly are engaged  in talks about signing free-agent first baseman James Loney.  Loney was thought to be the top target all along for Pittsburgh at first base, however there seems to be some difference on the financial framework of a potential deal. While Loney’s representatives are said to be looking for a three-year deal worth as much as $30 million, the Pirates will likely be looking for something less than that figure. Loney hit .299/.348/.430 with 13 homers and would bring Gold Glove caliber defense to the... 
 

Pittsburgh Pirates Explore Options at First Base

The Pittsburgh Pirates are exploring their options at first base. While the club thinks that Mike Napoli would be an ideal fit, they may not be able to meet his contract demands. According to Jayson Stark, the Pirates have inquired about Mitch Moreland and Adam Lind, and are also pursuing James Loney in free agency. Unless the Pirates can manage to land an everyday player such as Napoli, a lefthanded bat would be a solid acquisition. Overall, first baseman for the Pirates hit just .243/.324/.402, with a 104 wRC+ and just 0.4 fWAR. They... 
 

Pirates Andrew McCutchen Wins National League MVP

Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen was named the NL Most Valuable Player after leading his team to the postseason for the first time in two decades. He received 28 of 30 first place votes to beat out second place Paul Goldschmidt and third place Yadier Molina. Molina received the other two first place votes. McCutchen, 27, hit .317/.404/.508 (158 OPS+) with 21 home runs, 27 stolen bases and 84 RBI this past season and becomes the first Pirates player to win the MVP since Barry Bonds in 1992. Dick Groat (1960), Roberto Clemente... 
 

Francona, Hurdle Named 2013 Managers of the Year

The Cleveland Indians Terry Francona and Pittsburgh Pirates Clint Hurdle were honored as the top managers in baseball by the BBWAA. Francona led the Indians to a 24 game improvement , the largest improvement in franchise history and earned the No. 1 wild-card spot in the American League. The Indians went 21-6 in September and ended the season on a 10-game winning streak. Francona had heart years in Boston as the Red Sox manage winning two World Series championships from 2004 through 2011, but was never voted Manager of the Year. Francona... 
 

Pirates, Burnett Pass on Qualifying Offer Deadline

Monday’s 5 PM deadline to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents passed without an offer being made to Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett. Pittsburgh has a number of veteran players set to hit free agency this winter, with Burnett chief among them. Burnett has pitched in each of the last two seasons with the Pirates, helping the team make its first real strides toward becoming a competitive club while compiling a 26-21 record in 61 starts with a 3.41 ERA. Marlon Byrd and Justin Morneau, also free agents to be, were not... 
 

Cardinals David Freese’s Homerun Off Pirates Gerrit Cole

The St. Louis Cardinals downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 Wednesday night. The biggest play of the game was third baseman David Freese hitting a two-run homer off of Pirates starter Gerrit Cole in the second inning to give St. Louis a 2-0 lead. The Cardinals win probability shot up to 74 percent after Freese’s blow. Anybody can tell you that Freese hit a big homerun. I want to hone in on the rarity of what he did. First of all, Gerrit Cole doesn’t surrender homeruns too often. In 117.1 innings, he surrendered just seven homeruns.... 
 

Pirates Take 2-1 Series Lead With Late Rally Over Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates used back-to-back RBI singles by Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin in the eighth inning to snap a tie and beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 on Sunday in Game 3 of the National League Division Series at PNC Park Josh Harrison scored on Alvarez’s tiebreaking single that staked Pittsburgh to a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five NL division series. Martin followed with a sharp RBI single against reliever Kevin Siegrist, who took over after Carlos Martinez (0-1) faltered. Carlos Beltran finished 2 for 3 with three RBIs for St... 
 

Pittsburgh Pirates Gerrit Cole’s Devastating Slider

Pittsburgh Pirates rookie hurler Gerrit Cole will start Game 2 of the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. The rookie hurler posted a 3.22 ERA in 117.1 innings, with a 21.3% strikeout rate and a 6.0% walk rate. His FIP of 2.91 was even with teammate Francisco Liriano and just a shade behind A.J. Burnett. Cole has gotten better as the season has progressed. His second half ERA is just 2.85, compared to 3.89 in the first half, and his strikeout rate has leaped from 14.5% to 25.3%. He had a 1.69 ERA in September, with a whopping 32.1% strikeout... 
 

Martin, Byrd, Liriano Lead Pirates in WIn Over Reds

Francisco Liriano tossed seven dominant innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates powered  past Cincinnati Reds 6-2 in the NL wild-card game Tuesday night . The Pirates will now travel to St Louis to face the St Louis Cardinals in the NL Division Series. Russell Martin hit two home runs, Marlon Byrd also connected and Andrew McCutchen reached base four times for Pittsburgh. “We’re for real,” McCutchen said. “We’re definitely for real.” Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto struggled in his third start since coming... 
 

Pirates Add More Offense, Acquire Justin Morneau From Twins

The Pittsburgh Pirates looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 1992 added another bat to their line-up acquiring Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau in a waiver trade according to multiple sources. Earlier this week, the Pirates acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck from the Mets. Morneau has posted 221 home runs and 860 RBI over 11 years with the Twins The Twins are getting outfielder Alex Presley and either cash or a player to be named later, according to a release from the team. Presley, 28, played... 
 

Pirates Trade with Mets for Marlon Byrd, John Buck

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck in a trade Tuesday with the New York Met.  The Mets received infield prospect Dilson Herrera and a player to be named. The Pirates are attempting to reach the playoffs for the first time since 1992 were to looking to improve offensively and Byrd is batting .285 with a career-high 21 home runs and 71 RBIs this season. He will replace star left fielder Starling Marte, who is on the disabled list with a hand injury. Buck, who has 15 homers and 60 RBIs, figures... 
 

Pirates Trade Rumors: 2013 Fate to be Determined by Pitching, Not Hitting

The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is on Wednesday at 4pm. Most think the Pittsburgh Pirates need to trade for a right fielder or first baseman to ensure that this team will be playing meaningful baseball well into September and hopefully October. Most would be wrong. Let’s face it, there is no sure way to guarantee the Pirates make the playoffs, but there is a way to put the team in the best position possible to make that run. The Pirates fell apart in 2011 and 2012 down the stretch. What made the Pirates good (dare I say great) for stretches... 
 

Pittsburgh Pirates Place Jason Grilli on the 15 Day DL

The Pittsburgh Pirates placed RHP Jason Grilli on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain. Grilli was forced to exit Monday’s game after he hurt his forearm on a pitch. The 36-year-old All-Star closer came into the game with a 1.94 ERA in 41 2/3 innings. He had gone 30-for-31 in save chances. Grilli is scheduled to head back to Pittsburgh for tests. Mark Melancon should fill the closer role for now and makes for a must-own in mixed fantasy leagues. Melancon has a 0.97 ERA this season, and saved 20 games for the Astros in 2011.  Read More »
 

Pirates Gerrit Cole Handed First Loss in Phillies 6-4 Victory

Pittsburgh Pirates rookie starter Gerrit Cole, after registering wins in each of his first four career starts, was handed his first career loss on Thursday as the Pirates fell to the Philadelphia Phillies by a score of 6-4. Coming into Thursday’s contest, Cole boasted a 4-0 record and 3.70 ERA over 24 1/3 innings in four starts. Despite the loss, Cole was solid in his effort, working 5 1/3 innings and surrendering three runs on eight hits while striking out five and walking one. “I thought he pitched well,” Pittsburgh manager Clint... 
 

Video: Starling Marte Flashing Some Leather Against Reds Brandon Phillips

Suffice it to say that Starling Marte is a huge part of the Pittsburgh Pirates resurgence into prominence in 2013 with his offense. Marte is hitting .287/.355/.422 with, Six home runs, 19 RBI and 20 stolen bases through 64 games, but there’s another part of his game that makes you want to stop and take notice. Tonight against Cincinnati Marte made a sensational catch running down a line drive off the bat of Brandon Phillips to steal an extra-base hit from the Reds second baseman. As the video shows Marte laid out running towards the line tonight... 
 

Is Pirates Slugger Pedro Alvarez The New Adam Dunn?

In the 2008 draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected a player they envisioned would lock down third base for years to come and more importantly the cleanup spot in the batting order for years to come. It has been a work in progress, as Pedro Alvarez has yet to do the latter, but in reality, Alvarez is right on schedule when compared to other power hitters and could become the new Adam Dunn. The Pirates selected Alvarez third overall in 2008, passing on other highly touted position players such as Eric Hosmer and Buster Posey. Everyone knows the success... 
 

Pirates Call Up Brandon Cumpton – Will Start Against Dodgers

Brandon Cumpston‘s minor league contract has been purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates and he is expected to start Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Cumpton is not considered a high prospect, ranking 25th in the Pirate’s organization, but the 24-year-old has been solid for AAA Indianapolis, tossing a 3.31 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 66 AAA innings. The Pirates are off to another solid first half start this season, fueled largely by the performance of their pitching staff. Both the rotation and bullpen have been among the... 
 

Jeff Locke, Pirates Blank Dodgers

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Jeff Locke allowed held the Los Angeles Dodgers to two hits over seven innings of work and the Pirates shut out the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0. Locke (6-1) struck out five and walked one to win his sixth straight decision while lowering his ERA to 2.19. Andrew McCutchen drilled a two-run double in the third inning to stake Locke to a  to run lead, Mark Melancon  pitched the eighth and Jason Grilli  recorded his 24th save of the season in the night. Yasiel Puig  had two hits for the Dodgers and has a .487 batting average... 
 

Pirates A.J. Burnett Placed on DL with Strained Right Calf

The Pittsburgh Pirates placed staff ace A.J. Burnett on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday evening due to a strained right calf muscle, an injury that Burnett disclosed to Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle on Wednesday. Since the injury was announced, Pittsburgh has not disclosed how the strain came about. Due to a lack of information on the severity of the strain, Burnett’s timetable for a return to the rotation is still unknown. A minor calf strain may require a healing time of around two weeks, while a more serious strain may require up... 
 

Pirates Future Ace Gerrit Cole Dazzles in MLB Debut

The first-overall pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Gerrit Cole, dazzled in his major league debut on Tuesday night, living up to the hype that has followed the top pitching prospect throughout his career at UCLA and the Pirates minor league system. After receiving his big league call-up from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day, Cole joined the club in Pittsburgh for his debut against the San Francisco Giants, a debut that would result in his first career victory. Cole went 6 1/3 strong innings, surrendering two... 
 

Report: Pittsburgh Pirates Gerrit Cole to Make MLB Debut

The Pittsburgh Pirates top pitching prospect Gerrit Cole is reportedly set to make his major league debut on Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants. The first-overall pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft by the Pirates out of UCLA, Cole has been heralded as one of the most dominant and polished young arms in professional baseball. Cole has moved quickly with the Pirates, dominating all minor league levels last season for Pittsburgh, posting a combined 9-2 record and 2.80 ERA in 132.0 innings of work. In 12 starts with Triple-A Indianapolis this... 
 

Jeff Locke, Jason Grilli Shut Down Astros for 1-0 Victory

The Pittsburgh Pirates have two unlikely arms leading their pitching arsenal this season. Third-year newcomer Jeff Locke, in his first full time season as a starter, and veteran journeyman Jason Grilli, who has become the Pirates closer and one of the best relievers in the game. In a 1-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday, Locke would work seven scoreless innings, surrendering three hits while striking out four batters in the process. In nine starts this season, Locke has a 4-1 record with an impressive 2.73 ERA in 52.2 innings, while holding... 
 

James McDonald Placed on DL by Pirates

Pirates’ starter, James McDonald, was placed on the disabled list right before his start on Tuesday with stiffness in his right shoulder. The 28-year-old may only miss one start with the DL placement retroactive to May 1st depending on how he feels over the next few days. Jeanmar Gonzalez took Mcdonald’s spot in the rotation and infielder Josh Harrison was recalled from AAA Indianapolis. Fantasy Play: It was clear something was off about Mcdonald this year. The righty went from a fantasy desirable back-of-the-rotation 2012 season (12-8,... 
 

Pittsburgh Pirates DFA Jonathan Sanchez, Recall Bryan Morris

In news that will not likely come as a surprise to anyone the Pittsburgh Pirates designated starter Jonathan Sanchez for assignment the team annouced. Sanchez has allowed 18 runs in 13 2/3 innings in 2013  and was suspended by Major League Baseball for six games for hitting Allen Craig with the pitch in the first inning of a game with the St. Louis Cardinals. He appealed and had a hearing set for Friday. Right-hander Bryan Morris was recalled to fill the roster spot. Morris had five saves in five appearances with Class AAA Indianapolis, posting... 
 

Pirates Pitching Situation is Unstable and Unsustainable

The Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff, to put it one way, is running on fossil fuels. Before long, the whole party’s going to crash. The Pirates are currently 10-9 despite playing one of the most challenging early-season schedules in baseball. They’re fourth in the Majors in staff ERA and second in batting average against, just good enough to float an offense that still ranks 20th or worse in every meaningful offensive category. That kind of middling, just-about-.500 baseball is nearly identical to the starts the Pirates have enjoyed... 
 

2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Offensive Hopes Tied to Core Players

Clint Barmes batted .229 with eight home runs and 45 rbi in 2012, which are all close to his 2011 numbers (.244,12 home runs, 39 rbi). Barmes played solid defense, registering a .972 fielding percentage, slightly above his career average. Those numbers are right in line with Barmes’ career numbers and for the most part meet the Pirates expectations of solidifying the middle infield. If you followed the 2012 Pirates, your aware that Clint Barmes was blamed for just about everything that went wrong. When others were struggling, Barmes’... 
 

Pittsburgh Pirates ‘Wish’ to Contend with a ‘Wishful’ Thinking 2013 Rotation

I want to believe the Pittsburgh Pirates are going to contend in 2013, the Pirates want you to believe they will contend this season. Have faith that these players will give it their all out on the field and understand that this team is certainly improved over the 2012 edition. But if you believe the words of Bob Nutting, you are setting yourself up for most likely a disaster and if nothing else, most certainly a letdown. “We’re in a position now we’ve got to make a run, we’ve got to push the chips in early in the season.” “The... 
 

Pittsburgh Pirates Acquire John McDonald from Diamondbacks

The Pittsburgh Pirates have completed a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks sending infielder John McDonald to Pittsburgh.  McDonald is owed $1.5 million in 2013 and will be a free agent at the end of the season.  Arizona acquired McDonald late in the 2011 season  and has hit .230  with six home runs and 24 RBI  with the Diamondbacks. “It’s hard,” D-backs GM Kevin Towers told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf of ‘having’ to move someone like McDonald. “We actually, Gibby and I talked to him [Tuesday]... 
 

World Baseball Classic: Pirates Russell Martin Withdraws From Team Canada

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Russell Martin announced that he has withdrawn from the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Martin, 30,  had been campaigning to play shortstop for Team Canada. “[The Pirates and Team Canada] were uneasy about that,” said Martin about playing short, “and I simply didn’t want to catch. It’s just too much grind. The catcher’s out there the whole game, and it just takes your body so long to recover from catching 20 innings or so … I feel sorry for (Team Canada), but sometimes you just have to look... 
 
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