7-21-14: The Pittsburgh Pirates recently sent scouts to watch the Padres Ian Kennedy as their search for starting pitching continues. Pittsburgh was also seen scouting an old friend in AJ Burnett in his most recent start with the Phillies. The Pirates have made up some ground recently on the first place Milwaukee Brewers as they have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games while Milwaukee has struggled. Milwaukee has gone 2-8 in their last 10 games and the Pirates only trail the first place Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals by 1.5 games.
7-19-14: On Friday, the Pirates won their 50th game of the season. Francisco Liriano threw five innings and only gave up one unearned run while striking out eight Colorado Rockies. Liriano was activated from the disabled list on Sunday, and he hopes to be an important part of Pittsburgh’s starting rotation for the rest of the season.
7-17-14: Despite a rough week that saw them lose two big series to the Cardinals and Reds on the road, the Pirates are still trending upwards right now. After stumbling to a 12-20 start, they've gone 37-26 since, putting them just three games back in the NL wild-card race. Andrew McCutchen is having another MVP-caliber season, but the rest of the Pirate offense has struggled to support him. On the pitching side of things, the rotation has rounded into form thanks to Jeff Locke and Vance Worley.
7-15-14: The Pittsburgh Pirates are in a dog fight in a stacked National League Central division and find themselves with a 49-46 record as they trail the first place Milwaukee Brewers by 3.5 games. The Pirates have had an up and down season which started out with a well under .500 record but the team has rallied behind Andrew McCutchen and have gone on a run in the last month. Pittsburgh is looking at adding the Padres Huston Street to solidify their bullpen as they look to make a serious run at the division and one of the wild cards in the National League.
7-14-14: The Pirates struggled this past week as the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds moved up the National League Central standings. Although Pittsburgh dropped four of its last five games, Edinson Volquez was the bright spot for the Pirates. He threw a six-hit complete game in their 9-1 win over the Cardinals on Thursday. Volquez will have to keep up this performance with Gerrit Cole back on the disabled list.
7-10-14: Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen hit two-run homers off Carlos Martinez, in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, but that wasn’t enough Tuesday night as the Pirates fell to the Cardinals, 11-9, in walk-off fashion. Kolten Wong’s walk off homer proved to be the difference. Pittsburgh Rookie Gregory Polanco singled his first three at-bats for the Pirates. Pittsburgh is expected to recall Brandon Cumpton from Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday to start in place of Gerrit Cole. Cole will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a tight latissimus muscle.
7-7-14: With their win on Friday against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies, the Pirates moved back to a season-best four games above .500. Although Gerrit Cole left the game with right lat soreness, he got his seventh win of the season. Pittsburgh lost on Thursday to the Arizona Diamondbacks, but still took the series from them with help from Gregory Polanco and Charlie Morton.
7-3-14: Starling Marte hit a game-tying, two-run double in the ninth inning and then scored on pinch-hitter Ike Davis' single two batters later as the Pirates rallied for a 3-2 victory Tuesday night over the lowly Arizona Diamondbacks. Pittsburgh was shut out for eight innings by Arizona starter Wade Miley before rallying in the ninth. Neil Walker and pinch-hitter Gregory Polanco started the inning with singles against Miley. Marte’s hit came off of Arizona closer Addison Reed. With the win, the Pirates are now tied with Cincinnati for third place in the NL Central.
7-2-14: The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Los Angeles Angels have swapped struggling relief pitchers when the Pirates acquired Ernesto Frieri and the Angels acquired Jason Grilli. The Pirates have long sought Frieri and have been unable to acquire him until now due to his down season, although his peripherals and strikeout numbers tell a very different story for the closer. Frieri is excited to be joining a new league and chalked up his struggles to the league getting to know him and his stuff. The Pirates are also still looking at another extension for Gregory Polanco but are far apart in talks, as you remember the Pirates tried to lock up Polanco for seven years before he had a MLB at bat before Polanco rejected the deal.
6-30-14: The Pirates, who have been looking very good recently, are on their way to winning their third consecutive series. Although they lost to Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, they won the first two games of their series with the New York Mets. On Thursday, Gregory Polanco hit a home run and drove in four runs for Pittsburgh in the 5-2 victory. On Friday, Josh Harrison hit a walkoff double. The Pirates had a busy week as they traded Jason Grilli to the Los Angeles Angels for Ernesto Frieri.
6-26-14: Andrew McCutchen drove in two runs and Jeff Locke pitched into the eighth inning, as the Pirates beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 on Tuesday night. Pittsburgh holds the NL's best record (27-18) since May 6, and moved above .500 for the first time since starting the season 7-6. McCutchen had an RBI single during a three-run third inning that put the Pirates ahead 4-0. The 2013 NL MVP also had two RBI’s in Pittsburgh's 8-1 win Monday night over the Rays. The Pirates have won five straight road series after losing seven in a row.
6-24-14: The Pittsburgh Pirates have won two games in a row and six of their last ten but still find themselves buried in the National League Central division. The Pirates still have the best bargain in baseball in Andrew McCutchen who is only the 158th highest paid player in Major League Baseball. McCutchen is the heart and soul of the Pirates and is following up his NL MVP season by hitting 11 home runs and leading the league with 52 walks. The Pirates also made waves by waiting until after the June 10th deadline to call up top prospects Gregory Polanco to avoid Super Two status. The Pirates state they delayed the call up due to developmental issues but many around the league beg to differ.
6-18-14: The Pirates used a three-run seventh inning to tie the score at 5 Tuesday night on RBI singles by Ike Davis, Russell Martin and Josh Harrison. Unfortunately, Todd Frazier’s leadoff ninth inning homerun of Jason Grilli proved to be the difference as the Pirates fell to the Reds 6-5. Josh Harrison matched a career high with four hits and he also drove in two runs. A bit of history was made for Pirates as Gregory Polanco became the first Pirates player to have a hit in each of his first seven MLB games since Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente in 1955. Pittsburgh trails first-place Milwaukee by eight games.
6-17-14: The Pittsburgh Pirates may be giving up on this season and have called up top prospect Gregory Polanco from Triple-A. Neil Walker was added to the 15 day DL to make room for Polanco on the roster with an appendectomy surgery. The Pirates finally completed the Ike Davis for a player to be named later trade with the New York Mets as they sent Blake Taylor to the Mets. Taylor was the 51st overall pick in the 2013 MLB First Year Players Draft and the new collective bargaining agreement prevents draft picks from being traded within their first year with the organization which explains the delay in completing the trade.
6-10-14: The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Cole Tucker, a High School shortstop, with their first pick in the 2014 MLB First Year Players Draft on Thursday. Tucker is committed to Arizona so he may be a tough sign but this was somewhat of a surprise from the Pirates with their first round pick. The Pirates lost another pitcher to Tommy John surgery this week when Duke Welker went under the knife. The 28 year old pitcher was the “player to be named later” in the deal for Justin Morneau but was traded right back to Pittsburgh in the deal that gave the Twins Kris Johnson. The Pirates designated Vin Mazzaro for assignment for the second time this season last week and this week, again for the second time, Mazzaro accepted a Triple-A assignment to stay with the organization.
6-3-14: The Pittsburgh Pirates designated Wandy Rodriguez for assignment last week and this week placed him on unconditional release waivers so the Wandy era will surprisingly end in Pittsburgh by the end of the week. The Pirates are not far enough out of the National League Central division to start thinking about selling just yet but with a poor road record and a negative run differential it may come sooner rather than later. The Pirates are chasing strong teams in the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers most notably and may not have enough to compete this season after making the playoffs for the first time in 20 seasons last year. The Pirates are selling off players though and traded relief pitcher Bryan Morris to the Miami Marlins this week to clear space for Triple-A relief pitcher Wirfin Obispo, who was recently picked off waivers from the Atlanta Braves. The Pirates acquired the 39th pick in the Competitive Balance Round A part of the MLB First Year Player’s Draft next week. The pick is worth $1.58 million in cap space to spend on the draft.
5-28-14: The Pittsburgh Pirates continue to struggle this season and are beginning to clear some veterans off the roster to make room for more prospects. The Pirates started this process by designating Wandy Rodriguez and 6.75 ERA and 3.36 HR/9 ratio for assignment. Pittsburgh, a small market club, is eating roughly $5.3 million to rid themselves of Wandy as all signs begin to point to this season being given up on. The Pirates also designated relief pitcher Vin Mazzaro for assignment for the second time this season. Mazzaro had a 3.48 ERA this season with the Pirates and 0.00 ERA in Triple-A for Pittburgh but the roster crunch in Pittsburgh is hurting Mazzaro and others. Mazzaro accepted an assignment to the minor leagues last time and fought his way back onto the 25 man roster but I cannot see him clearing waivers and doing so again this time around.
5-21-14: The Pittsburgh Pirates may be struggling but things are looking up as they may have finally found some production at first base with the acquisition of Ike Davis from the Mets. Davis has regained his form in Pittsburgh hitting .286/.383/.414 in 81 plate appearances in the black and gold, a far cry from his struggles to stay above the Mendoza line in New York. Davis has yet to get a hit off a left handed pitcher this season but has enjoyed being part of a platoon while in Pittsburgh. Speaking of New York the Pirates recently played a traditional double header with the New York Yankees in Yankee Stadium recently where two games were played back to back on Sunday with only a 30 minute break in between the 18 innings of baseball. The Pirates split the double header but ultimately lost the series to the Yankees two games to one.
5-15-14: The Pittsburgh Pirates contin
ue to struggle this season after enjoying such a successful season in 2013 and find themselves in fourth place in the National League Central division. The Pirates are 8.5 games behind the first place Milwaukee Brewers as of 5/14 and are struggling from top to bottom. The Pirates acquired first basemen Ike Davis from the New York Mets earlier this season and the change of scenery has not translated into production for Davis as he continues to struggle in Pittsburgh. The Pirates also failed to sign top prospects Gregory Polanco to a long term deal recently after offering somewhere in the neighborhood of $25 million guaranteed over the life of the contract. The Pirates will likely be active at the July, 31 trading deadline this year but it is looking more and more likely that it is as sellers and not as buyers.
5-7-14: The Pittsburgh Pirates are fresh off their first playoff appearance in 20 seasons and are right back to their losing ways as they sport one of the worst records in the National League Central division and in all of baseball after 30 games in 2014. The Pirates recently tried to lock up another one of their top rated prospects by offering Gregory Polanco a seven year deal with just under $25 million in guaranteed money that the outfielder turned down. The extension included three club options at the end of the deal and would have given Polanco a ton of security, something unheard of for a guy that does not have an at bat in the Major Leagues yet. Also be sure to check out the movie "Million Dollar Arm' that showcases the search for the first Indian Major League player. That player is Rinku Singh and he is in the Pirates farm system. Singh makes a cameo in the movie, as he recovers from Tommy John surgery this season, and tells the story of how he went from a javelin thrower to a reality show winner to a Pirates farm hand.
4-28-14: The Pittsburgh Pirates spent the entire offseason looking for a first basemen and finally may have found one after trading for the Mets Ike Davis, who fell out of grace in New York. The Pirates need all the help that they can get as they are well under .500 to start the 2014 season and are near the bottom of the National League Central division after a month of the year. This is a far cry from Andrew McCutchen led 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates team that broke their 20 season drought of playoff appearances and won a Wild Card berth. It's still early thankfully for the Pirates and their fans but the lack of spending in the infield and in the rotation may come back to haunt Pittsburgh. Voting has opened up for the 2014 MLB All Star Game for this July so remember to vote your favorite Pittsburgh Pirates into the game.
4-14-14: The Pittsburgh Pirates have
done a solid job through the first couple of weeks of the 2014 MLB season, splitting their first 12 games with a 6-6 record. Pittsburgh got the week started off with a nice 2-1 series win over the Chicago Cubs, but couldn’t get the bats going in a rough three game sweep to the Milwaukee Brewers. The offense hasn’t been there lately, but the Pirates are still in solid shape overall, with Pedro Alvarez leading the way with five homers and 10 RBI’s.
4-7-14: The Pittsburgh Pirates picked up right where they left off in 2013, as they took two of three games against the Chicago Cubs, and two of three games against the St. Louis Cardinals. Pittsburgh’s best game was easily a 12-2 shallacking of the Cards, where Pedro Alvarez smashed two homers and the Pirates smacked around 16 hits as a team. Starling Matre paced the Pirates with a solid .308 batting average through the first week, while Francisco Liriano had the pitching mound mostly locked down with 14 strikeouts.
4-1-14: Building off their momentum from a crazy playoff ride in 2013, the Pittsburgh Pirates got off to a great start on opening day with a solid 1-0 shutout win over the divisional rival Chicago Cubs. The game was a pitching duel until the 10th inning, where Pittsburgh’s Neil Walker belted a homer off of Carlos Villanueva to go up 1-0. Relief pitcher Bryan Morris would end up earning the win at the bottom of the inning thanks to an overturned pickoff call.
3-27-14: The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Starling Marte to a six year extension worth $31 million which includes two option years. The deal will kick in after the 2014 season so the Pirates bought an additional three years at an absolute bargain. Marte was playing hard to get and had even reportedly turned down a six year deal that would have bought out all of his arbitration years and two free agency years spanning from 2015-2020. With the news breaking of Marte willing to sign an extension the Pirates have quietly made fellow top prospect and long term signed outfielder Jose Tabata, former New York Yankees farm hand, available in the right kind of trade. The Pirates are looking to open a roster spot for top prospect Gregory Polanco. The Pirates did not stop there as they acquired pitcher Vance Worley from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for cash after Worley was outrighted. Now the black and gold will look for their second consecutive winning season and playoff berth after snapping a 20 season streak last year in 2013.
3-20-14: The Pittsburgh Pirates started the week by announcing that their backup catcher Chris Stewart would need knee surgery paving the way for Bucs’ prospect Tony Sanchez. The Pirates are also looking to deal outfielder Jose Tabata and are also willing to listen to offers for RHP Vin Mazzaro and outfielder Travis Snider. Who says the hot stove is over with less than two weeks before Opening Day. The Pirates, even with all the injuries and trade rumors swirling around, are still over .500 in the Grapefruit League. Speaking of the Grapefruit League tempers flared recently between the Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies as multiple batters, including reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen, were hit by pitches. Save it for when the games count boys.
3-13-14: The Pittsburgh Pirates are coming off their first playoff appearance in 20 seasons and are still reeling from losing outfielder Marlon Byrd and ace starting pitcher AJ Burnett but have still had success this spring in the Grapefruit League. The Pirates have a winning record and are showing off their young talent in Starling Marte, reigning MVP Andrew McCutchen, and Gerrit Cole. The Pirates fans showed so much energy last season and so far this spring and it's worth buying a ticket just to experience that, whether you are a casual fan or a hardcore fan. The Pirates play in a tough division but should enjoy another winning, and hopefully playoff bound, season in 2014.
3-5-14: The young Pittsburgh Pirates will look to build off their success of last year when they send Francisco Liriano to the hill for opening day. In other news the Pirates avoided arbitration with their third baseman Pedro Alvarez agreeing to a one year deal worth 4.25 million. Earlier in December the Pirates also bolstered their pitching staff by signing Ednson Volquez to a one year deal worth $5 million.
1-24-14: Last season was the Pittsburgh Pirates most successful in over two decades as they finally ended the longest playoff drought in North American sports earning a Wild Card berth before eventually being bounced by the St. Louis Cardinals. The Pirates look to build upon this next season even though they will more than likely be without starting pitcher AJ Burnett who is widely suspected of retiring this offseason.
1-7-14: Starting picture Ednson Volquez has agreed to a one-year deal worth $5 million with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Okay as will join a young staff that had a lot of success and surprised a lot of people last season. Even though both of us had a poor year last year in San Diego and LA. The Pirates of also agreed to a three-year extension worth $21 million with Charlie Morton.
12-9-13: It is been a while since the Pittsburgh Pirates had made the playoffs but last year they did so and also possessed the National League MVP in Andrew McCutchen. The young third baseman Pedro Alvarez from New York also in merged as a big-time power hitter. The Pirates made it all the way to the National League championship series losing to the St. Louis Cardinals. But after getting their feet wet in the division series and beating Cincinnati look for the Pirates to improve on the success. Starting pitcher AJ Burnett is still unsigned and has mauled retirement but most of the Pirates nucleus is returning for another year.
10-8-13: The Pittsburgh Pirates will have one more chance to extend their best season in 20 years when they head back to St. Louis to play the Cardinals in Game 5 of the National League Divisional Series. With his home run in the eighth inning, third baseman Pedro Alvarez became the second Pirate in franchise history to homer in three separate games of a postseason series.
10-1-13: After winning 94 game is here the Pittsburgh Pirates finally returned to the postseason. After finishing only three games out of first place behind the Cardinals the Pirates will face the Cincinnati Reds in the National League wildcard game. Center-fielder Andrew McCutcheon scored 97 runs and stole 27 basis this year and is a viable candidate for the MVP. Veteran right-handed pitcher AJ Burnett led the team and strikeouts with 209 while Francisco Liriano led the team in wins with 16. The NL Central will send three teams into the postseason, with the Pirates being one of them it is fair to say that their division was the toughest and baseball this season.
9-4-13: Thanks to Travis Snider's pinch-hit home run in the 9th inning last night, the Pirates were able to win 4-3 and secure their first winning season in 20 years.
8/21/13 - The Pittsburgh Pirates remain in first place and have a two game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals for the division. The Pirates have won two straight and have 42 overall wins at home. Last night in the win against the San Diego Padres starting pitcher AJ Burnett picked up his sixth win of the season. Despite the low WinTOTAL AJ Burnett has pitched to a 3.09 ERA last night Burnett went seven innings gave up four hits and only one run while striking out seven batters. The only run he gave up came on a solo homerun. Next on the schedule for the Pirates is a four-game wraparound weekend series against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco.
8/6/13 - The Pirates have had a great season so far and are in first place in the National League Central division. They've won two straight and have a two-game lead on the St. Louis Cardinals. This week they will host the Miami Marlins.
7/19/13 - The Pirates finally seem poised to make a run and enter the post season for the first time in a long while. At 19 games over the .500 mark, the Pirates lead the NL wild card race and are only 1 game behind the first place Cardinals for the division. After the break, they will travel to Cincinnati for a series against the Reds. Francisco Liriano has been a great help for the Pirates rotation. He is 9-2 with an ERA of just 2.00. Offensively they are led by the Washington Heights product, Pedro Alvarez who leads the team in both home runs and RBI. Despite the strong first half for the Pirates, they are only 4-6 in their last 10 games.
7/7/13 - Four Pittsburgh Pirates were selected for the 2013 National League All-Star team. RHP Jason Grilli, 3B Pedro Alvarez, and LHP Jeff Locke will all be making their first ASG appearance. Outfielder Andrew McCutchen made the squad for the 3rd time in his career.
7-1-13 - The Pirates defeated the Brewers in extra innings for their 9th straight win. They now have a 51-30 record, the best in baseball. 35,351 fans poured into PNC Park to watch the win. However, they were about 3000 fans short of a sellout snapping the PNC-Park record sellout streak, which had been five games.
6/12/13 - Over the past couple of years the Pittsburgh Pirates have found themselves in the mix of the playoff race early on in the season. Unfortunately none of their early success has become a playoff berth. Currently four games out of first place The Pirates are led by the young duo Of Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez. Alvarez has struggled at the plate what is put up good power numbers With 14 home runs and 37 RBIs. Leading the team in strikeouts is veteran right-hander AJ Burnett. Burnett has struck out 99 batters in 89 1/3 innings. This week the Pirates will take on the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers.