TIOPS Daily 5: Rivero’s greatness will eventually be some other teams gain & Penguins Trade Talk


 Daily 5 *Rumblings, Musings, Opinions* 1. The Pittsburgh Pirates showed a killer instinct in Thursday’s sweep of the Brewers. A fifth straight come from behind victory, but in not sitting the likes of Andrew McCutchen, others, that is a norm for Clint Hurdle in these situations, it showed the importance Hurdle saw in being able to pluck another game away from the Brewers. You have to treat games against teams ahead of you with a different outlook. The Pirates did Thursday and that has to continue. Moving three games behind the Brewers, Pirate officials still see the team being in a peculiar place with the trade deadline 10 days away because of where Pittsburgh sits in the wild card standings. This is a big series coming up against the Colorado Rockies (56-41) who are 7.5 games ahead of the Pirates in the wild card and tied for the top wildcard spotRead More »

TIOPS Daily 5: The Pirates continue to becoming more intriguing


TIOPS Daily 5 *Rumblings, Musings, Opinions* 1. Gerrit Cole is never going to be the No. 1 Ace in the mold of a Max Scherzer so many want to see out of him on a consistent basis and envisioned as the No. 1 overall pick in 2011, but he can still give you a night like this where he looks unhittable that will at one point in the near future have the Pirates receiving the type of Chris Sale offer they seek down the road for Cole. As for the present, the Pirates rallied again for a third straight win over the Brewers, 3-2 in 10 innings at PNC Park. They’ve now trimmed a seven game deficit for the division lead to four. Francisco Cervelli drove in a game tying single in the ninth to force extra innings, and then in the 10th, Max Moroff delivered a bloop single, scoringRead More »

The Curious Case of Conor Sheary


The curious case of Conor Sheary   As of this past weekend, Conor Sheary and the Pittsburgh Penguins were still locked in on a stalemate in contract talks. Sheary, 25, will be among the most intriguing arbitration cases, if there’s not a settlement before the hearing on August 4th. RESUME PROS 61 GP – 23 Goals – 30 Assists – 53 Pts (+24) 0.87 PPG (25th in NHL) 48 Even Strength Points (20th in NHL) 3.01 Points/60 5 vs 5 (1st in NHL among players who appeared in 250 mins or more) 53 CF% 5 v 5 1st Line Winger that can play both wings Cons for Arbitration Case 2 Years NHL experience 2 Goals in 22 playoff games during 2017 postseason Healthy scratch for at least one playoff game the last two seasons With Sheary, there are a wide range of opinions around the league on his potential arbitrationRead More »

TIOPS Daily 5: Pirates July surge highlighted by finding different ways to get a ‘W’


TIOPS Daily 5 *Rumblings, Musings, Opinions* 1. Here come the Pirates! Another come from behind win, this time a 4-run sixth inning fueled by a 2-run Josh Harrison homer as the Pirates rallied from a 3-0 deficit for a 4-3 win over the Brewers on Tuesday night at PNC PArk. On a night where they got Starling Marte back from an 80 game suspension, the Pirates are surging. Winners in 9 of their last 11 games, Pittsburgh has moved to five games back of the surprising Brewers. The Pirates during this run are finding ways to win in games that easily could have went the other way. They could have been swept against the Cardinals last weekend but instead took 2 of 3. Tonight vs Milwaukee, the Pirates were out-hit 13-6 and overcame a start from Ivan Nova who struggled with his location, highlighted by the Shaw homer on an 0-2 count.Read More »

NHL Chatter: Penguins simply sending a message for Kessel to change with leaks?


 Daily Five *Rumblings, Musings, Opinions* 1. One NHL executive on the Phil Kessel trade speculation last week: “The leaks are coming from Pittsburgh [Penguins organization] and it grabs your attention 2. A Phil Kessel trade isn’t likely happening this summer, but if people think the trade talk is just being churned out by the local media as speculation, they’re wrong. When it comes to NHL insiders, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman is right at the top with TSN’s Bob McKenzie. Friedman is among those buying the Kessel trade talk. 3. The Pittsburgh Pirates took 2 of 3 from the St. Louis Cardinals, something they had to do leading into a monumental series with the Brewers tonight. Josh Bell provided the heroics Friday night with a 3-run walk-off blast. The rookie is now up to 17 homers on the season and then Pittsburgh put together another walk-off win in rallying Sunday afternoon onRead More »

TIOPS Daily 5: Quintana trade stings for frustrated fan base


 Daily Five *Rumblings, Musings, Opinions* The Pittsburgh Pirates don’t play today and haven’t made a transaction but today was bad a PR day for the club. The Chicago Cubs didn’t go out and buy a player with a $200 million contract, which they and the Yankees, Dodgers have the ability to do at anytime. What the Cubs did was acquire a pitcher in Jose Quintana with a great contract who is the perfect trade acquisition for small and mid-market ball clubs like the Pirates to make. They made the type of trade today that small and mid-market teams often make. It’s a lot easier for the Cubs to sell off top prospects because they can go out and replace them down the road much easier than the Brewers, Royals and Pirates can but what the Pirates fan base has a right to be frustrated about is the Pirates have yetRead More »

Will Pirates treat upcoming homestand as if their season is on the line?


Latest Pirates Buzz In dealing with the Starling Marte suspension and not having Jung Ho Kang for the entire season, Pirates GM Neal Huntington has talked in recent weeks that this group of players doesn’t deserve a tear down of the current roster and waive the white flag on the season. NL CENTRAL 1. MIL 50-41 2. CHI 43-45 (5.5 GB) 3. STL 43-45 (5.5 GB) 4. PIT 42-47 (7 GB) 5. CIN 39-49 (9.5 GB) The proof will be in the next 10 games, starting with a pivotal seven game home-stand Friday night. Fri vs St. Louis | 7:05 p.m. Sat vs St. Louis | 7:05 p.m. Sun vs St. Louis | 1:35 p.m. Mon vs Milwaukee | 7:05 p.m. Tues vs Milwaukee | 7:05 p.m. Wed vs Milwaukee | 7:05 p.m. Thu vs Milwaukee | 12:35 p.m. Will the Pirates starting with manager Clint Hurdle treat this home-standRead More »