Latest Penguins Buzz Matt Cullen will not be part of the Penguins chasing a three peat for the 2017-2018 season. The soon to be 41 year old will return for a 20th NHL season but it won’t be in Pittsburgh.
Steelers – Giants Fallout What we learned from Josh Dobbs in his preseason debut? Despite talk outside of Pittsburgh that some around the league believe Dobbs could be the Steelers No. 2 this season, Landry Jones is too well liked by Steelers coaches and management where he’s in no danger of being pushed, even if Dobbs were to put together a Dak Prescott type preseason. Jones is locked in as the No. 2 behind Ben Roethlisberger for the 2017 season. There’s no question about that and Friday night’s preseason game also proved that. But, that doesn’t mean there’s isn’t some intrigue with Dobbs. Dobbs went 8/15 for 100 yards with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions in his NFL debut. He was sacked 3 times for 22 yards and posted a QB rating of 56.9. He had a horrific start to the game against a very good Giants front-four that man-handledRead More »
Latest Penguins Buzz — Just over a month until training camp, the Penguins still have a third line center hole and fourth line center hole with Matt Cullen undecided as the NHL off-season has reached the dog days of August where most GM’s are vacationing. Mike Fisher retiring last week played right into why former Penguins center Nick Bonino was set on signing with the Nashville Predators from the start. From the get-go of the interview period, the Predators sold Bonino on having a bigger role in Nashville and being the long-term replacement for Fisher with the catch being Bonino would still be on a Stanley Cup contender. Pittsburgh could have decided in June that Bonino is more valuable to them than Conor Sheary would be for this next three to four year window where the Penguins have to a chance win more Cups. Therefore, Pittsburgh could have easily movedRead More »
Latest Pirates Buzz The mediocre NL Central is keeping things interesting and despite being a game under .500, the Pirates could be playing meaningful baseball for the next five to six weeks. After losing eight of 10, the Pirates have countered that by winning five of six and currently on a three game winning as the four game interleague series with the Tigers shifts to Detroit for two games. The Cubs just a week ago looking like they were primed to begin their ascend of start running away from the division, have hit a road block and lost five of seven. The Cardinals meanwhile have won four straight and now trail the division by just 2.5 games. NL CENTRAL STANDINGS 1. Chicago Cubs 59-53 2. Milwaukee Brewers 59-56 3. St. Louis Cardinals 57-56 4. Pittsburgh Pirates 56-57 5. Cincinnati Reds 46-67 — The Pirates requiring Sean Rodriquez caught many byRead More »
Pirates off-season priority should be a Retool/Rebuild When evaluating the Pirates, you have to look into lens of how the organization is ran. Pirates GM Neal Huntington did not fail his ball club Monday by pretty much standing pat at the trade deadline in trading Tony Watson who has been all but gone for months as a pending free agent (Scott Boras client) and then adding 40 year old Joaquin Benoit to replace Watson as the setup man. Benoit had his welcome to the Pirates moment Wednesday night. Anybody can see this team had no chance of being a serious threat in the NL against the likes of the Dodgers, Nationals and the defending champion Cubs who are starting to find their stride and made a slew of moves to upgrade their roster for another run. The Pirates were 8.5 games out of the wildcard as of Monday, now 9.5 gamesRead More »
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 *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 »