Nick Kingham has masterful MLB Debut

 

The first place Pittsburgh Pirates (17-11) swept the St. Louis Cardinals thanks to a masterful debut from Nick Kingham who carried a perfect game into the seventh inning to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Kingham retired 20 straight batters to start the game as Kinghams 20 straight batters retired are the most by a player in his MLB debut in the Expansion Era, per Elias Sports Bureau. In finishing with nine strikeouts, Kingham was as efficient as it gets, throwing 72 strikes on 98 pitches. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Kingham joined Johnny Cueto in 2008 as the only pitchers in the past 100 years with one hit allowed, at least nine strikeouts and no walks in their debuts. The once touted prospect missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons due to Tommy John Surgery. At age 26, the Pirates may finallyRead More »

Jung Ho Kang to rejoin Pirates

 

Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang who has not played in the Majors since the 2016 season, has been granted a work-visa to re-enter the United States. Kang, 31, will report to Bradenton and remains on the restricted list, per the Pirates. STATEMENT FROM PIRATES PRESIDENT FRANK COONELLY “After a lengthy process, we are pleased that Jung Ho has been allowed to re-enter the United States. We are encouraged by the steps that Jung Ho has taken to date and are hopeful that having the game he loves taken away from him for more than a year has driven home the reality that he must make better life decisions as we move forward together. As we have communicated to him throughout the process, we will work to provide Jung Ho with the resources and support necessary for him to meet the high expectations that we have for him as aRead More »

Pirates improve to 11-4 at 15 game mark

 

Pirates 7 – Marlins 3 GAME LEADERS Starling Marte | 5-5, HR, RBI, 4 R Josh Bell | 3-5, 3 RBI, R Corey Dickerson | 2-4, 2 RBI Francisco Cervelli | 1-3, RBI Ivan Nova | 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 9 K The Pittsburgh Pirates took 2 of 3 from the Miami Marlins to improve to 11-4 at the 15 game mark. What the Pirates continue to do is beat teams they should if they want to have a respectable season and they’ve been exceptional on the road, now 7-2 away from PNC Park. Starling Marte had a monster game with a home run and 5 hits. Josh Bell drove in 3 runs, while Corey Dickerson had 2 RBIs. Marte’s huge day spiked his batting average .64 points. Starter Ivan Nova allowed 3 runs in 6 2/3 innings, striking out 9.

Jameson Taillon throws complete game 1-hit shutout

 

Pirates 5 – Reds 0 W: J.Taillon (2-0) L: T. Mahle (1-1) Jameson Taillon (2-0, 1.26 ERA) was dealing Sunday afternoon vs the Reds (2-6) in throwing a 1-hit complete game shutout in a Pirates (7-2) 5-0 win at PNC Park. Taillon who threw 110 pitches in nine innings, struck out 7 and walked 2 in a dominant outing.Taillon also went 1-3 at the plate and drove in a run. Like the opener and even more so today, Taillon was dialed in and improving to 2-0 on the season, Taillon has a K/BB ratio of 16/2. The Pirates have to be thrilled with Taillon looking everything of an ‘ace’ thus far. Gregory Polanco continues to be red-hot, hitting a 2-run homer in the 5th inning for his 3rd homer of the season and picking up RBIs 12, 13 on the season. Josh Harrison was 2-3 with a walk and isRead More »

Gerrit Cole has been unbelievable in two starts

 

Former Pirate Gerrit Cole (1-0, 0.64 ERA) through two starts with the Houston Astros, is looking everything the Pirates imagined/hoped he was going to be when they took him 1st overall in the 2011 draft. Cole was dominant again Saturday night in his first home start as an Astro, striking out 11 for the second straight this season. Cole allowed 0 runs and 5 hits. Cole in two starts has a K/BB ratio of 22/3. The swing and miss stuff has been at a level never seen from Cole before as the Astros have found something the Pirates couldn’t with Cole in developing a 3rd and 4th pitch. From the Houston Chronicle: [It’s a small sample size, mind you, but after two starts it’d be hard to argue that he’s not the team’s best starter right now..Nineteen of his 102 pitches were swung upon and missed on Saturday, two fewerRead More »

Pirates: Bullpen a problem, newcomers providing immediate impact in hot start

 

Reds 7 – Pirates 4 Eugenio Suarez hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning, as the Cincinnati Reds dealt the Pittsburgh Pirates their second loss of the season with a 7-4 Reds win on Saturday night. The Pirates are a surprising 6-2 on the season but this was a tough loss to take with the bullpen imploding late. Pittsburgh has arguably one of the top-5 closers in the game but getting the ball to him is going to be a season long problem. The bullpen situation kinds of resembles the lack out outfield depth last season where the Pirates were often rolling out just two legitimate outfielders on a daily basis. PIRATES GETTING IMMEDIATE IMPACT FROM NEWCOMERS Corey Dickerson drove in 2-runs in the Pirates 7-4 loss to the Reds Saturday night and the Pirates are getting an immediate impact from Dickerson and Morgan, which has been aRead More »

Pirates are off to 3-0 start

 

Pirates take Doubleheader from Tigers G1: Pirates 1 – Tigers 0 W: T.Williams (1-0) L: M. Fulmer (0-1) S: Felipe Rivero (1) PIT Leaders J. Bell | 2-4, 2B G. Polanco | 1-3, 2B, RBI T. Williams | 6 IP – 1 K – 5 BB G2: Pirates 8 – Tigers 6 W: C. Kuhl (1-0) L: B. Farmer (0-1) S: F. Rivero (2) PIT Leaders J. Harrison | 3-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2B D. Freese | 2-4, HR, 2 RBI S. Marte | 1-2, HR, RBI, BB, 2 R E. Diaz | 2-4 The Pittsburgh Pirates are off to a 3-0 start to the 2018 season. The 3-0 start might be against a projected bottom-cellar in the AL but this is the exact type of start the Pirates needed in trying to change the narrative where the Pirates got crushed from every angle this winter in acting like anRead More »

Pirates boost lineup in trading for All-Star OF Corey Dickerson

 

The Pittsburgh Pirates have deserved every bit of criticism they’ve gotten this winter. Today, though, the team actually took a step in improving their roster for 2018, acquiring outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Tampa Bay Rays. Dickerson immediately becomes the Pirates starting left fielder, forming a potentially very good outfield if Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco play up to their ability. Dickerson will make $5.95 million this season and is arbitration eligible next season. He is under team control for two years. What’s interesting with Dickerson is he went from being the American League’s starting designated hitter in last summer’s All-Star Game to being DFA’d a few days ago. Dickerson has hit 24 home runs or more in three of his last four seasons. In 2016, Dickerson hit just .245 but belted 24 homers with 76 RBIs. In 2014 and 2015 with the Rockies, Dickerson was a .300 hitter inRead More »

Pirates acquire OF Bryce Brentz from Boston

 

The Pittsburgh Pirates today acquired outfielder Bryce Brentz from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for cash considerations, the team announced. The right handed hitting Brentz was selected by the Red Sox 36th overall in the 2010 draft. Brent spent the entire 2017 season with Triple-A Pawtucket, where he hit .271 with 31 home runs and 85 RBI in 120 games. Brentz 31 home runs ranked fifth in all of minor league baseball in 2017. He has appeared in 28 career Major League games (.287-1HR-9RBI), none since the 2016 season.

Drew Hutchison signs minor league deal with Phillies

 

A year and a half ago pitcher Drew Hutchison was called by Pirates GM Neal Huntington as being a “very nice complement to Gerrit Cole” for the present and future. Hutchison for now will be a nice piece for the Philadelphia Phillies to throw batting practice this spring. Hutchison, 27, who elected free agency in October, is out of the Pirates organization and today inked a minor league contract with the Phillies. For the Pirates, the Francisco Liriano trade that also included OF Harold Ramirez, catcher Reese McGuire going to Toronto, didn’t exactly pan out for the organization despite the Pirates believing they had something in Hutchison. Huntington on Hutchison (July 31, 2016): “Our scouts have liked him a lot in the past; we believe his surface numbers are not reflective of the potential,” Huntington said. “We’ve got multiple years of contribution from Drew. He’s a very nice complement toRead More »