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Game 76: Mercer powers up

Story and video by Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Getty Images ST. LOUIS — Jordy Mercer took some good-natured ribbing from his teammates about his postgame workout habits on Saturday. Whatever routine Mercer is using, it’s working. He smacked his seventh homer — a two-run shot in the fourth off Lance Lynn — and collected three RBI in the 7-3 rout of the Cardinals. In April, Mercer...
Via Bucco Blog
7 hours ago

Strong Cole helps Bucs secure series at Busch

A dominant six-inning performance by Gerrit Cole, assisted by six two-out runs, led the Pirates to a 7-3 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday night and their first series victory at Busch Stadium since July 2016. They entered the series having lost seven in a row in St. Louis.
Via Pirates.com
19 hours ago

Hudson searching for answers to HR issues

In 36 appearances this season entering Saturday, Pirates reliever Daniel Hudson has allowed six homers, as many as he did in 60 1/3 innings for the D-backs last year. His 17.6 percent home run-to-fly ball rate is the highest of his career and nearly 4 percent above the Major League average, which has climbed 1.1 percent from last year and 2.5 percent since 2015.
Via Pirates.com
22 hours ago

Game 75: Polanco flashes skills in right field

Story and video by Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Getty Images ST. LOUIS — I wondered briefly if Gregory Polanco was injured when he failed to run out a ground ball in the sixth inning last night. He hit a bouncer to the right side and third baseman Jedd Gyorko, who was shifted, snagged the ball and threw to pitcher Adam Wainwright, who was covering first. Any doubts I had about whether...
Via Bucco Blog
1 day ago

Mercer, Harrison homer in Pittsburgh’s win over St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jordy Mercer and Josh Harrison homered and starter Gerrit Cole pitched six innings, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night. Cole (6-6) extended his winning streak to three games, allowing five hits and one run with five strikeouts and two walks. In Cole’s four losing starts from May 22 through June 8, he...
Via MyNorthwest.com
1 day ago

Statcast of the Day: Polanco's great catches

While Gregory Polanco went 0-for-4 on Friday night in St. Louis, his stellar effort with the glove helped the Pirates pull out a 4-3 win over the Cardinals.
Via Pirates.com
1 day ago

Game 74: Cervelli’s latest injury merits extra caution

Story by Rob Biertempfel/Photo by Christopher Horner ST. LOUIS — There’s a reason the Pirates are being uber cautious with catcher Francisco Cervelli, who yesterday went back on the seven-day concussion DL. Actually, there are a couple dozen reasons: 2017: June 22, concussion, 7-day DL; June 7, concussion, 7-day DL; June 2, sinus, missed 2 games; April 30, 2017, foot, missed...
Via Bucco Blog
2 days ago

The Pirates Should Sell, Softly

In the coming days and weeks, you will read quite a bit about which teams should buy and which should sell, at FanGraphs and elsewhere. As the midpoint of the season approaches, the Pirates once again reside on the bubble. They’re a team once again with a slim but mathematically possible path to the postseason — a 2.9% chance, according to FanGraphs projections — a team that...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Bell, Jaso homer to lead Pirates past Cardinals 4-3

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Josh Bell and John Jaso homered as the Pittsburgh Pirates broke their Busch Stadium hex with a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night. Jaso, who entered as part of a double switch in the eighth inning, drove a 3-2 pitch from Seung Hwan Oh (1-4) over the wall in right-center to break a 3-3 tie in the ninth as the Pirates broke a seven-game losing...
Via MyNorthwest.com
2 days ago

Brewers' Arcia makes ridiculous play to secure one-run victory

The Milwaukee Brewers have been one of baseball’s biggest surprises this season, featuring a roster that doesn’t exactly jump at you on paper, but keeps finding ways to win games.On Wednesday night at Miller Park, it appeared the Pittsburgh Pirates were about to tie the game with two outs in the top of the ninth when 22-year-old shortstop Orlando Arcia came out of nowhere to...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: What’s wrong with Gregory Polanco?

On May 26, Gregory Polanco returned from a 10-day stint on the disabled list due to a strained left hamstring. In just his second at-bat, Polanco launched a ball 411 feet over the center field wall for his second home run of the season. Two days later, he went deep again and ended up tallying five hits in 13 plate appearances in his first series back in the lineup. It seemed as if...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' Cervelli blames Rockies catcher for incident

Francisco Cervelli says Colorado catcher Tony Wolters was looking for a fight, which helped spark a benches-clearing incident on Wednesday between the Pirates and Rockies.Cervelli was hit by a pitch from Rockies pitcher German Marquez in the bottom of the fifth inning with his team down 3-0. The Pittsburgh catcher was slow to make it up the line and exchanged words with Wolters,...
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Dock Ellis biopic in development has O’Shea Jackson Jr. starring as infamous pitcher

Three years ago, a documentary about former major league pitcher Dock Ellis reminded us of what a compelling story and what a trip his 12-year baseball career was. Now, the hurler’s story has a chance to reach an even wider audience with a feature film. Dock is getting a biopic, with the announcement made on the 47th anniversary of him pitching a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates...
Via Awful Announcing
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Tony Watson loses closer role

This season hasn’t gone as expected for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the team sitting dead last in the NL Central with a 28-35 record. It has come as a surprise since most around the league were anticipating a more competitive Pirates team after missing out on the playoffs last year. On the bright side, the Pirates somehow only sit 4.5 games out of the division lead because the NL Central...
Via isportsweb.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton exits game after being hit by pitch

The Miami Marlins got a pretty major scare. Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton exited Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates after being hit on the hand by Pirates starter Trevor Williams. The pitch registered at over 95 miles-per-hour and Stanton was seen in tremendous pain before exiting. This is the last thing a 27-33 Marlins team needs. Though, there are no further update...
Via Sportsnaut
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' Jameson Taillon to start mere weeks after cancer surgery

The Pittsburgh Pirates will get an inspiring figure back on the bump for Monday. Starting pitcher Jameson Taillon will take to the mound just five weeks after undergoing surgery to treat testicular cancer. The 25-year-old starter was placed on the 10-day disabled list back in early May after complaining of groin discomfort. Immediately after that, he underwent surgery to treat what...
Via Sportsnaut
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Manny Machado leaves game after being spiked by Andrew McCutchen

Manny Machado was forced to leave Wednesday’s game against the Pirates after being the recipient of a hard slide from Andrew McCutchen.During the second inning, McCutchen stole third base as part of a double-steal by Pittsburgh. When Machado received the throw from catcher Caleb Joseph and attempted to apply the tag, McCutchen’s spikes caught Machado on the left wrist. Here...
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen Has a Plan, Is Running Out of Time

Andrew McCutchen’s time as a Pirate was always likely to end in one of two ways: either by way of trade or departure as a free agent. Several years ago, a significant portion of the fan base — and perhaps a significant portion of the clubhouse — would have liked to have seen another contract extension for the 2013 NL MVP, but that was always unlikely. The club had little interest...
Via Fangraphs
19 days ago  |  Discuss

What is going on with Pittsburgh Pirates star Andrew McCutchen?

From 1993 through 2012, the Pittsburgh Pirates were one of the laughing stocks of baseball. Not making the playoffs for a 20 year stretch would do that to you. Everything changed in 2013 though, when the Pirates made the playoffs for three straight years from 2013-2015. Unfortunately, they failed to reach the World Series in any of those years but it was still a successful stretch...
Via isportsweb.com
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen batting below cleanup spot for first time as starter

Andrew McCutchen’s rough start to the season led manager Clint Hurdle to change his lineup for Friday’s game against the Mets. The result was a first for McCutchen as a starter for the Pirates.After a disappointing 2016 season that saw McCutchen post career-lows in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, the hope around Pittsburgh was that he would rebound...
Via Larry Brown Sports
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Gregory Polanco pays tribute to late Yordano Ventura with custom-made cleats

When Yordano Ventura passed away suddenly in January, Gregory Polanco did not hesitate to express his condolences about the loss of the fiery pitcher he had faced a few times across his career.Polanco recently gave tribute to Ventura, who was killed in a car accident during the offseason in his native Dominican Republic. The Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder had custom-made New Balance...
Via Sportsnaut
May 22, 2017  |  Discuss
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