Rumors: Pirates sticking with Huntington, Hurdle beyond 17

 

Huntington, Hurdle back for 2018? A last place ball club and a group with bad fundamentals in key areas, the futures of manager Clint Hurdle and GM Neal Huntington were going to come to the forefront at somepoint this summer with both men in the last guaranteed year of their contracts. An extension for GM Neal Huntington through at least the 2019 season was always Bob Nutting’s intention prior to the season and one will happen. Huntington who could have went to Atlanta and ran their organization after the 2015 season, has always been a loyal soldier. He toes the company line, and does what ownership and Frank Coonelly want when it comes to controversial moves like the Francisco Liriano trade. He’s bought into how the Pirates operate without any push back that will pretty much let him decide how long he wants to stick around or go pursue anotherRead More »

Around the Bases: Will McCutchen’s decline impact Pirates willingness to sell high on Gerrit Cole?

 

Pirates 6 – Nationals 1 PIT GAME LEADERS Gerrit Cole (W, 2-4)| 7 IP, 3 H, ER, 3K, 2 BB Josh Bell | 1-3, HR, 3 RBI Andrew McCutchen | 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 SB Around the Bases 1. Gerrit Cole is pitching like an All-Star and Neal Huntington’s phone is only going to continue to ring off the hook up until the deadline about Cole. Cole limited the high powered Washington Nationals to three hits over seven innings in a Pirates 6-1 win on Wednesday night. “He had everything working tonight and it was the fifth or sixth inning before we kind of went what happened,” Nationals manager Dusty Baker said of Cole’s performance. Cole’s ERA is now 2.84 on the season. Could Baker be managing Cole in the not to distant future? The Cole rumors are going to be rampant leading into August 1 and for the obviousRead More »

Jameson Taillon treated for suspected testicular cancer

 

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that starting pitcher Jameson Taillon was treated this morning at Allegheny General Hospital for suspected testicular cancer. The Pirates say further testing is required before a charted course is determined. Taillon released a message on twitter moments ago. pic.twitter.com/ZcwEXwfDNz — Jameson Taillon (@JTaillon19) May 8, 2017 We wish Jameson a speedy and full recovery.

All the Pirates do is win when Tyler Glasnow starts

 

Pirates 12 – Reds 3 W: T. Glasnow (1-1) L: S. Feldman (1-3) S: W. LeBlanc (1) PIT Record: 12-14 CIN Record: 12-14 PIT Key Performers Tyler Glasnow (1-1, 6.97 ERA)| 6 IP-4H-3ER-5K-4BB Josh Harrison (.310) | 1-4, HR, 3 RBI Alen Hanson | (.240) | 2-3, 3B, SB, 2 R Gift Ngoepe (.455) | 1-2, 2 RBI, R Tyler Glasnow (.200) | 1-2, 3 RBI All the Pirates do is win when Tyler Glasnow starts. The Pirates improving to 4-1 this season when Glasnow starts, despite the rookie having a 6.97 ERA on the season, won a game by nine runs tonight when they fell behind 3-0 after a Joey Votto home run three batters into Glasnow’s night. It was a night where Glasnow would also drive-in three runs himself at the plate and the Pirates boasted a lineup with John Jaso batting cleanup, Jose Osuna batting fifth andRead More »

Latest Pirates Buzz: Seats getting Hotter for Hurdle, Huntington?

 

Latest Pirates Buzz The Pittsburgh Pirates are a ball club at a cross-roads already in a young season that’s only 2 games in. The starting rotation has been a surprising strength as they boast the 2nd best quality start percentage in baseball, yet, they sit 4 games under .500 with an 8-12 record. The Pirates are missing two key cogs in Starling Marte and Jung Ho Kang because of stupidity from both that gives the Pirates a built in excuse already for not contending in 2017 but why is this team such a bad fundamentally sound ball club and whose shoulders does it eventually fall on? They can’t field and it’s a bad group running the bases. This is an atrocious fielding team and it’s not like it’s just one guy as the Pirates issues defensively have long been focused on Andrew McCutchen in center field. It’s almost at every position.Read More »

What Now for the Pirates?

 

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been dealt a significant blow as Major League Baseball announced an 80-game suspension for Pirates center fielder Starling Marte. Marte tested positive for Nandrolone. He is hitting .241 with 2 home runs and 7 RBI. The team already without Jung Ho Kang for the foreseeable future due to off-field issues, now has to battle through without Marte for 80 games in what is pretty much a lost season for Marte as the 28 year old will be ineligible for the postseason if the Pirates make it. Marte gave a usual ‘I didn’t know’ what I was taking in a released statement. “In this very difficult moment I apologize to my family, the Pittsburgh Pirates, my teammates, my fans, and baseball in general,” Marte said. “Neglect and lack of knowledge have led me to this mistake with the high price to pay of being away from theRead More »

Cole, McCutchen both play into the narratives surrounding both in season opener loss

 

Two of the Pirates most important players who the team must get rebound seasons from to be even a threat to make the playoffs played into the narrative surrounding both in the 5-3 season opener loss to the Boston Red Sox. Narrative 1: Gerrit Cole is not an ace Narrative 2: Andrew McCutchen’s 2016 season is who he is now. At least that’s narrative surrounding McCutchen from baseball folks. Cole getting pounded after a fantastic first four innings was the type of start that has started to make the fifth year veteran a frustrating pitcher to some. The second, third time hitters see him in game, the opportunity for a bad inning increases with Cole that doesn’t have him going long enough in games. That’s how things played out in the opener. In a positive sign Cole was bringing the heat in a big way. Hitting 98, 99 but whereRead More »

Pirates going with Tyler Glasnow as 5th starter

 

Tyler Glasnow is officially the Pirates 5th starter. The Pirates released the news tonight following a 1-1 tie against the Blue Jays in Montreal tonight. With the demotions this week of Steven Brault and Drew Hutchison, the final decision came down to Glasnow and Trevor Williams but the writing was on the wall the last couple days that Glasnow was going to be the guy. Glasnow who entered last season as one of the top-10 prospects in baseball, has lost some of that buzz surrounding him as doubts have emerged from evaluations and even the Pirates organization to some extent about him being a potential front-line starter that led to his name being floated in trade talks for Jose Quintana. Glasnow now has an opportunity to quiet the critics in what was the right move to start him in Pittsburgh. Trevor Williams will start the season in Pittsburgh as a reliever. Pirates Rotation 1. GerritRead More »