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 »

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 »