Major League Baseball has suspended SP Chris Archer five games for intentionally throwing at Derek Dietrich of the Cincinnati Reds. The suspension is subject to appeal. Reds OF Yasiel Puig who has a phenomenal photo he can always be remembered for in trying to take on the entire Pirates team, received a two game suspension.
Kevin Newman delivered a walk-off RBI double in the 10th inning to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates (4-3) to a 6-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds (1-7) on Saturday afternoon at PNC Park. Newman with his 1st career walk-off winner, drove home Francisco Cervelli with a drive to deep center as the Pirates improve to 4-3 on the season. The Reds with a slew of splashy acquisitions during the winter, are off to a 1-7 start. *Francisco Liriano (1-0) received the win in relief, allowing no runs and striking out two in the top of the 10th inning. *Josh Bell went 3-5 with a home run, 2 RBIs and 2 doubles, setting a career high for extra-base hits in a game. *Jason Martin acquired in Andrew McCutchen trade, made his MLB debut. Martin batted leadoff, going 1-2 with a walk, run scored, stolen base. *SP Trevor Williams (1-0, 2.25 ERA) allowedRead More »
Great pitching continues to put the Pirates (3-3) in every game and that continued in Friday night’s 2-0 shutout win over the Cincinnati Reds (1-6) on Friday night. Joe Musgrove (1-0, 0.00 ERA) gave the Pirates an excellent outing, allowing three hits and striking out eight in seven shutout innings. Musgrove and relievers Keone Kela (5.40 ERA) and Felipe Vasquez (2 SV, 0.00 ERA) combined for the three hit shutout. Pirate starters have allowed 5 earned runs in 36 innings this season. Joe Musgrove | 7IP-3H-0R-8K-1BB-88PC/63ST Keone Kela | 1IP-0H-0R-0BB-0K-12PC/9ST Felipe Vasquez | 1IP-0H-0R-2K-0BB-11PC/8ST
Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington in comments to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette touted the Pirates having the ninth-best record in baseball over the last six years. “We have the ninth-best record in baseball over the last six years,” Huntington told the Post-Gazette. “We are one a few teams that have made the postseason three times in the last seven years.” The Pirates are always an organization on defense from a PR standpoint and it doesn’t get better than this from Huntington: “We have an ownership group fully committed to bringing a title to Pittsburgh.”
Andrew McCutchen is Philadelphia bound. McCutchen, 32, has agreed to a three year deal worth approximately $50 million with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to The AthleticPHI. McCutchen batted .255 with 20 home runs and 65 RBIs in 155 games. A player on the downside since the 2016 season, this is a heck of a deal for McCutchen as there were questions whether a three year deal would even be out there for him in free agency.
The Pittsburgh Pirates today traded SP Ivan Nova to the Chicago White Sox. It’s a move for Pittsburgh that saves them $9 million in 2019. Nova, 31, went 9-9 with a 4.19 ERA in 29 starts. Pittsburgh will receive RHP Yordi Rosario and international slot money from Chicago. Rosario, 19, had a 2.57 ERA in 14 games between the Arizona Fall League and Dominican Summer League in 2018.
The Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday officially declined the 2019 club options for Josh Harrison, Jung Ho Kang, making both free agents. Both will now become free agents. Harrison was due to make $10.5 million and will receive a $1 million buyout. Kang had a $5.5 million option. Of the two, the door is still open to resigning Kang as the Pirates plan to open negotiations with his camp on a lesser number, likely somewhere around the $2.5-$3 million range, a source close to the situation says Harrison a 2-time All Star with the Pirates had a great run in Pittsburgh. The relationship, though, became extremely soured prior to last season when Harrison demanded a trade in the off-season and then failed to back it up with his play in hitting .250, a season mirrored with injuries. The Pirates will likely come out and say the door is still open butRead More »