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. — 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 »

Drew Hutchison goes from frontrunner for 5th spot to no-brainer to being demoted


So it was inevitable today that Drew Hutchison was either going to placed on the 15-day DL with a fake injury such as shoulder fatigue or sent to the minors outright. Hutchison with a third straight disaster of an outing in allowing nine runs on 10 hits put the organization in a tough spot for a player due $2.3 million this season who they have had all intentions of being the No. 5 starter despite the so-called ‘open competition’. Neal Huntington had publicly said spring training numbers are one of the least determining factors for players earning a roster spot but it would have been such a bad look for the organization to hand Hutchison a roster spot right now that they had no choice but to send him to the minors. Hutchison allowed 21 runs on 27 hits over his final three spring training starts. The way his fastballRead More »