Pirates at the All-Star Break: 2nd Half Division Race; Injury Updates; Stats Watch & More


The Latest Pirates Buzz 1 GB at the All-Star Break Following today’s 9-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates enter the All-Star Break at 47-43, one game out of first place in the National League Central. NL Central Standings 1. Milwaukee Brewers (49-43) 2. St. Louis Cardinals (49-43) 3. Pittsburgh Pirates (47-43, 1GB) 4. Cincinnati Reds (45-47, 4 GB) 5. Chicago Cubs (37-55, 12 GB) 6. Houston Astros (30-62, 19 GB) 2nd Half Divisional Play In the NL Central, the Pirates feasted on the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs (13-5 combined record) in the first half but also performed well against the rest of the division, aside from their struggles against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Pirates have gone 20-12 in divisional play and they are going to need the same kind of success in the second half, if they want to earn their first trip to the playoffsRead More »

Doumit trade talks to heat up next month at the Winter Meetings


Pirates listening to offers for Doumit At the trade deadline Pirates GM Neal Huntington made it known that catcher Ryan Doumit was available for trade and the Pirates are taking the same stance this off-season. Trade talks surrounding Doumit is expected to heat up at the 2009 Winter Meetings in Indianapolis which will run from December 7-11. Pittsburgh has held preliminary trade discussions with the Colorado Rockies and Tampa Bay Rays. The Rockies interest has been lukewarm as the Pirates have been eyeing short-stop prospect Hector Gomez or Eric Young jr. The Rockies are likely to pass on Doumit and go with Chris Iannetta next season. Pirates management though expects interest to pick up at the Winter Meetings with three more suitors already being mentioned;

MLB: Jim Tracy candidate for Brewers Job?


Former Pittsburgh Pirates manager Jim Tracy is itching to manage again and could become a candidate for the Milwaukee Brewers job. Tracy who was successful in his five seasons with the Dodgers had no success in Pittsburgh managing one of MLB’s lowest payrolls. As manager of the Pirates Tracy was fired after seasons of 95 and 94 losses. Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MLB: Hamels leads Phillies to Game 1 victory


Philadelphia 3 РMilwaukee 1 Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels stifled the Brewers Wednesday afternoon, allowing two hits, striking out nine in eight innings. Hamels retired the Brewers first 14 batters and led Philadelphia to their first playoff win since 1993. The Brewers making their first postseason appearance since 1982, played well but a miscue from centerfielder Mike Cameron, rattled 22 year old pitcher Yovani Gallardo who only lasted four innings. Hamels was brilliant using off-speed pitches to make it a long day for hitters Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun. The Brewers will look to rebound Thursday afternoon when ace C.C. Sabathia takes the mound for his fourth consecutive start on three days’ rest. Brett Myers (10-13) will be the Phillies Game 2 Starter

MLB Playoff Preview: Philadelphia vs Milwaukee


Philadelphia Phillies (92 – 70) vs Milwaukee Brewers (90 – 72) Philadelphia Starters Game 1 Starters – Cole Hamels (14 – 10) Game 2 Starter – Brett Meyers (10 – 13) Game 3 Starter – Jamie Moyer (16 – 7) Milwaukee Starters Game 1 Starter РYovani Gallardo (0-0) Game 2 Starter – C.C. Sabathia (17 – 10) Game 3 Starter – Dave Bush ( 9 – 10) Scouting Report Hitting – Even Starting pitching – Edge Philadelphia Bullpen – Edge Philadelphia