Pirates approached another game like there’s 4 months left in season

 

Giants 13 – Pirates 10 Somehow in the middle of a gigantic series and at the stage of the season where the Pirates’ postseason is right now, Clint Hurdle decided the rotation needed stretched out and Clay Holmes was handed the ball against the Giants on Friday night. It went as expected. Holmes was rocked in a 13-10 loss to the Giants. Making his third career start, Holmes was tagged for seven runs in 2 2/3 innings. He walked four batters in the disastrous outing. Pittsburgh fell behind 10-2 after four innings before making things close late. This game was lost prior to first pitch as the organization continues to live in a world where they’re operating as if it’s May and not August. The Pirates with the loss are now 5 games out of a wildcard spot. Some nights with the way they attack their lineups, you’d think they wereRead More »

Prospects Buzz: Newman, Stallings hit for cycle in AAA Indy

 

Prospects Buzz A pretty cool scene for the Pirates organization. Kevin Newman and Jacob Stallings each hit for the cycle Triple-A Indianapolis in a 12-5 win over Lehigh Valley on Tuesday night. Newman, a top contender to be the Pirates starting shortstop in 2019, hit a solo homer in the eighth inning to complete his first career cycle with his fifth hit of the game. Later in the inning, Stallings then beat out a triple on a drive to right-center field to complete the cycle, also the first of his career. Newman went 5-for-5 in hitting for the cycle and is hitting .306/.352/.414 in 103 games with Triple-A Indy.

Harrison, Mercer shine in 10-2 rout of Rockies

 

Pirates 10 – Rockies 2 W: J.Taillon (9-8) L: C.Bettis (5-2) — The Pittsburgh Pirates (58-56) snapped a three game losing streak with a 10-2 win over the Colorado Rockies (60-53) on Tuesday night. Jameson Taillon pitched a complete game and the Pirates clubbed three homers in the rout. This was a game the Pirates badly needed as they have fallen in the wildcard standings and Chris Archer takes the mound Wednesday afternoon as the Pirates look to take 2 of 3. It is a type of game against a team in front of you in the standings that Archer needs to step up in. TOP PERFORMERS (HITTERS) 1. Starling Marte | 2-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R Marte who entered the night in a bad slump, set the tone with a solo homer in the 1st and finished the night going 2-5 with a home run, 2 RBIs andRead More »

Pirates falling in wildcard standings

 

Rockies 2 – Pirates 0 W: K.Freeland (10-7) L: J.Musgrove (4-6) S: W.Davis (32) Rockies starter Kyle Freeland threw seven shutout innings as Freeland and the bullpen combined on a two-hitter in leading the Rockies (60-52) to a 2-0 win over the Pirates (58-57) on Monday night. Pittsburgh’s losing streak hits three games as the Pirates are in danger of falling to .500 with a loss on Tuesday. Jameson Taillon will try to stop the skid. Corey Dickerson (1-4) and Joe Musgrove (1-2) were the lone Pirates to record hits in the loss. On the mound Musgrove was solid in allowing 4 hits and 1 earned run in seven innings. The Pirates enter Tuesday 5.5 games out of a wildcard spot. WILD CARD STANDINGS 1. Milwaukee Brewers (65-50) 2. Atlanta Braves (60-48) 3. LA Dodgers (62-51) 4. Colorado Rockies (60-52) 5. Washington Nationals (57-54) 6. St. Louis Cardinals (58-55) 7.Read More »

As questionable lineup moves continue, management has at least developed a plan beyond 2018

 

The Pittsburgh Pirates (57-54) enter a crucial game this afternoon against the St. Louis Cardinals (57-54) before they begin a nine game road trip (3 @ Rockies, 58-52), (4 @ Giants, 56-56), (2 @ Twins) Losing this homestand and falling a game behind the Cardinals will leave a bitter taste after the momentum and buzz the Pirates built up with the Chris Archer trade. PIRATES LINEUP FOR CARDINALS (1:35 P.M) 1. Dickerson, LF 2. Marte, CF 3. Polanco, RF 4. Cervelli, C 5. Moran, 3B 6. Frazier, 2B 7. Osuna, 1B 8. Mercer, SS 9. Williams, RHP And the Pirates can’t start falling 6+ games out of the second wildcard spot. Entering today the Pirates are 4 games back of the Braves, yet, Clint Hurdle continues to make maddening lineup moves like last night with the bullpen and David Freese hitting .370 in his last 16 games not in theRead More »

Pirates land SP Chris Archer

 

Pirates deal for Archer The Pittsburgh Pirares have agreed to a deal for Tampa Bay Rays starter Chris Archer. It’s the second significant move for the present and future by Pirates GM Neal Huntington in the last 24 hours. In the deal the Pirates will send Austin Meadows, Tyler Glasnow and a player to be named later to the Rays.

Huntington as he should enters ‘Buy Mode’ with addition of Keone Kela

 

Huntington enters Buy mode with addition of Keone Kela The Pittsburgh Pirates ‘World Series’ is getting to the wild card play-in game this season. Every organization has to live in reality. The next 2-3 years the Pirates are not competing with the Cubs on a yearly basis for the division. It’s just not realistic. The Pirates are also not winning the division this season. The goal of the organization has to be to put itself in the best position to claim one of the two wildcard spots. PITTSBURGH RECEIVES: Keone Kela TEXAS RECEIVES: LHP Taylor Hearn, PTBNL Pittsburgh’s out of nowhere winning streak this month put Pirates GM Neal Huntington in a bind with the non-waiver trade deadline and it forced the Pirates hand to add to this roster and Huntington has delivered with the trade of Rangers closer Keone Kela. If the Pirates were in striking distance of oneRead More »

Red-Hot Pirates win 10th straight

 

Pirates 7 – Indians 0 Josh Harrison in his return to the lineup hit a 3-run homer off Corey Kluber, while Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco each drove in 2 runs as the Pirates extended their winning straight to 10 games with a 7-0 win over the Indians (F/6 Innings). Pirates starter Trevor Williams (8-7, 4.11 ERA), threw six shutout innings, allowing 4 hits and striking out one. Pittsburgh tagged Indians ace Corey Kluber for 9 hits in 4 innings. The Pirates have won 10 in a row for the first time since June 26-July 5, 2004. Next Up: Joe Musgrove (3-4, 4.08 ERA) takes on Indians RHP Shane Bieber (5-1, 3.53 ERA in the second game of the series on Tuesday night.

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 »