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Pirates Announce Their Starting Pitchers For the First Three Spring Training Games

The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up their final day at Pirate City today, and will head over to McKechnie Field tomorrow to start their game schedule. Tomorrow kicks off the schedule with the Black and Gold scrimmage, which is a five and a half inning game. I posted the rosters and the pitchers for each team earlier today. The schedule against other teams will start on Wednesday at Toronto...
Via Pirates Prospects
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jung-ho Kang Will Get His First Start in the Black and Gold Game

Today is the final day at Pirate City for Major League camp. Tomorrow the Pirates depart for McKechnie Field, and begin playing games, starting with the annual Black and Gold scrimmage. Clint Hurdle announced the pitchers on Friday for the scrimmage. Today, the lineups were posted. The Black team looks to have a lot of the bench and depth options, with no projected starters in the...
Via Pirates Prospects
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates star Andrew McCutchen eyeing another step forward

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates star centerfielder Andrew McCutchen is eyeing another step forward in 2015. McCutchen says the rest of the National League knows the Pirates are ''for real'' after consecutive playoff berths in 2013 and 2014. The 2013 National League Most Valuable Player says it's time for the Pirates to more than just earn a wild card spot. McCutchen says...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Don’t Forget About This Pitcher When Creating Your Pirates Dream Rotation

If you’re setting up a dream rotation for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the not-too-distant future, then you’re going to be throwing out names like Tyler Glasnow, Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Nick Kingham, and in the short-term, Francisco Liriano. The Pirates have collected a strong group of young pitchers, with Cole and Taillon being big-name first round picks, and Glasnow and...
Via Pirates Prospects
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirates issue statement about ISIS executioner in team hat

The Pittsburgh Pirates on issued a statement about ISIS executioner “Jihadi John,” whose identity was unmasked in a photo released by Sky News in Britain Friday. “Jihadi John,” whose real name is Mohammed Emwazi, has been shown in multiple hostage beheading videos released by ISIS. He was born in Kuwait, raised and educated in Britain,...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates: 'Sickening' to see Islamic State militant 'Jihadi John' in team hat

  The Pittsburgh Pirates say it's ''absolutely sickening'' to see a photo of the Islamic State militant known as ''Jihadi John'' wearing a Pirates hat. Sky News published a photo Friday of Mohammed Emwazi, who officials say is the masked frontman for IS hostage beheading videos. The photo, taken from University of Westminster student records, shows Emwazi wearing a hat with the...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates call it sickening to see 'Jihadi John' in team hat

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates say it's ''absolutely sickening'' to see a photo of the Islamic State militant known as ''Jihadi John'' wearing a Pirates hat. Sky News published a photo Friday of Mohammed Emwazi, who officials say is the masked frontman for IS hostage beheading videos. The photo ( ), taken from University of Westminster student records...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Sickened ‘Jihadi John’ Is A Pirates Fan

  We now have a statement from the Pittsburgh Pirates on the first adult photo of 26-year-old ‘Jihadi John’ wearing the team’s hat. John’s real name is Mohammed Emwazi and the Pirates are obviously angry in his hat choice. From CBS Pittsburgh: “The classic gold P stands for Pittsburgh and is worn by our players, coaches and fans with a great sense of pride. It is absolutely...
Via Busted Coverage
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates’ Road Home Run Problem

At first, it looked like pitchers that play their home games in extreme parks have extreme home run splits — that pitchers in pitchers’ parks go on the road and give up more home runs than expected. But it turns out, it might just be a Pittsburgh Pirates problem. Staffs that leave the six most […]
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

NL Central Top 10 Prospects 2015

The calendar has flipped and spring training has arrived once again, meaning it is time for the baseball world to go crazy over prospect rankings for the forthcoming season. Based primarily on stats and potential, below is our list of the NL Central’s top 10 prospects for 2015. 1. Kris Bryant 3B – Cubs: Bryant may just be the best prospect in the entire game, let alone the...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

View image | The following is a team preview for the Pittsburgh Pirates from a fantasy baseball perspective, contributed by Brian Dunshee. Offseason Overview The Pittsburgh Pirates enter the 2015 campaign as one of the few standout NL powers, having two MVP caliber players on their team in Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte. Though they lost the productive...
Via The Fantasy Fix
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Three big questions for the Pittsburgh Pirates

Many experts around baseball believe 2015 will be the year the Pittsburgh Pirates truly join the ranks of baseball’s elite teams. ESPN’s Dave Schoenfield recently ranked the Pirates as the third best team in baseball. While hopes may be running high for this team, the Pirates know they have a few questions to answer before they are ready to compete with the likes of the Washington...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates open to extending Andrew McCutchen

I’m a day behind on this story, but I think it’s an important one to weigh in on. Yesterday Bob Nutting talked to Rob Biertempfel at the Trib, saying that he’d like Andrew McCutchen to be a Pirate for a “long, long time” and Biertempfel’s sources indicated that while the Pirates are not actively engaged in extension talks with McCutchen, that the team would be willing...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #35: Starling Marte | OF | PIT

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! It says a lot about the Pirates that Starling Marte isn’t the best player on his team. Hell, he isn’t even the best guy in his team’s outfield. When you play next to Andrew McCutchen, you’re always going to be the second dog, but seeing as how McCutchen is a top five player in all of baseball, being...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Preparing to Offer Big Extension to Andrew McCutchen

The Pirates are preparing to offer a Giancarlo Stanton type extension to star center fielder Andrew McCutchen according to a report by Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburg Tribune Review. Despite being under contract till the 2018 season, McCutchen is already arguably the greatest center fielder in Pirates history. He is the closest thing to a franchise player since Barry Bonds was in...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Looking to Rest Their Way to a Competitve Advantage

The analytics team of the Pittsburgh Pirates led by Dan Fox leaves no stone unturned in searching for ways to maximize the performance of Pirate players. The most recent stone they turned over belongs to the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. As reported by Jayson Stark, the Pirates have been looking closely at the success of the Warriors. The Warriors have the best record in the...
Via Hidden Vigorish
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Profile: Tyler Glasnow

The giant 6’8 Tyler Glasnow could end up in Pittsburgh in 2015 Everyone made a big deal about Gerrit Cole and he was worth every bit of hype. Everyone was also making a big deal about Jameson Taillon but injuries have since derailed him and the hype has shifted to the 5th round pick out of Hart High School in Santa Clarita, California, Tyler Glasnow. Glasnow had originally...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

John Holdzkom < 500

John Holdzkom started 2014 in independent ball and at one point in the season got cut by his indy league team. He has pitched for New Zealand’s World Baseball Classic team. One time he called in to Chelsea Peretti’s podcast, lamenting his blown baseball opportunity. The Pirates signed him out of the blue last summer, fixed his control issues, snuck him onto the 40-man roster...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Antonio Bastardo < 500

With most of the early spring training talk about the Pirates being extremely positive, their bullpen is sort of the elephant in the room. Obviously Tony Watson and Mark Melancon are great and John Holdzkom was promising down the stretch last year, but the Bucs’ bullpen blew a lot of leads last year. They did so especially when asked to throw more than two or three innings in a...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Necessity of Rookie Pitcher Contributions

It is no secret that the Pittsburgh Pirates are a low revenue MLB team. Even with significant gains in attendance at PNC Park coupled with three straight years of increases in the price of tickets, the Pirates still rank in the bottom third of the league in revenues. Lower revenue clubs like the Pirates try to save on payroll by using younger inexperienced players that make league...
Via Hidden Vigorish
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The 2015 Altoona Curve Giveaways Are Awesome

The Pirates have a pretty good track record when it comes to fan giveaways. For a long time, it was one of their best marketing tool to draw fans to the games. The promotions/giveaways at the major league level, while still occasionally exciting, have dropped off a bit lately now that attendance is great even without them. The schedule is now largely dominated by T-shirts and fireworks...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates are wearing awesome matte helmets this spring

One of the ways to my heart is when MLB teams make simple changes to their gear that look amazing. During Spring Training, the Pittsburgh Pirates will be wearing matte black helmets that look fantastic. Interesting nugget from @stephenjnesbitt, #Pirates will wear matte helmet in Spring Training. — Michael Sanserino (@msanserino...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Do the Pittsburgh Pirates have the best outfield in baseball?

As the Pittsburgh Pirates attempt to make the post season for the third consecutive year in 2015, their success will ultimately hinge on the production of their most talented unit: the starting outfield. Often touted as one of the best outfields in all of baseball, the trio of Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen, and Gregory Polanco will need to deliver big numbers if Pittsburgh hopes...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

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