Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pirates Game 133 Preview - vs. St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates - 12:35 p.m.
Adam Wainwright (15-8, 2.52) vs. Jeff Locke (5-3, 3.69)

Season Series (St. Louis leads 8-7)
April 4, 2014 - Pittsburgh 12, St. Louis 2 [Recap]
April 5, 2014 - St. Louis 6, Pittsburgh 1
April 6, 2014 - Pittsburgh 2, St. Louis 1 [Recap]
April 25, 2014 - St. Louis 1, Pittsburgh 0 [Recap]
April 26, 2014 - Pittsburgh 6, St. Louis 1
April 27, 2013 - St. Louis 7, Pittsburgh 0 [Recap]
May 9, 2014 - Pittsburgh 6, St. Louis 4
May 10, 2014 - Pittsburgh 4, St. Louis 3
May 11, 2014 - St. Louis 6, Pittsburgh 5
July 7, 2014 - St. Louis 2, Pittsburgh 0 [Recap]
July 8, 2014 - St. Louis 5, Pittsburgh 4 [Recap]
July 9, 2014 - St. Louis 5, Pittsburgh 2
July 10, 2014 - Pittsburgh 9, St. Louis 1 [Recap]
August 25, 2014 - St. Louis 3, Pittsburgh 2 [Recap]
August 26, 2014 - Pittsburgh 5, St. Louis 2 [Recap]


Lineups

Pittsburgh (68-64)
1. Harrison 5
2. Snider 9
3. McCutchen 8
4. Walker 4
5. Martin 2
6. Davis 3
7. Marte 8
8. Mercer 6
9. Locke 1

St. Louis (71-60)
1. Carpenter 5
2. Grichuk 9
3. Holliday 7
4. Adams 3
5. Peralta 6
6. Jay 8
7. Cruz 2
8. Descalso 4
9. Wainwright 1

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pirates Game 132 Recap - Pirates 5, Cardinals 2

Pretty typical Pirates tonight. Get out to a lead and get a really good start from from their starting pitcher only to have the bullpen give it up. The difference tonight is that the Pirates got a massive pinch hit three run home run from Ike Davis and that is all she wrote.



This ball was CRUSHED to right center and nearly left the yard. Exactly what the Pirates needed after just blowing the game the prior inning. A loss tonight would have been brutal and facing Adam Wainwright tomorrow you can easily see getting swept after a good series in Milwaukee. Now the Pirates have a chance to win the series tomorrow. Great, great win.

Gerrit Cole had it going on tonight. He only went 6+ innings thanks to a high pitch count but allowed only three hits and two runs while striking out nine. He did throw 108 pitches but looked strong as he hit 99 multiple times in the sixth inning when he was well over 90 pitches and had his secondary pitches working. Getting the 2013 Cole would be huge for the Pirates down the stretch and so far since coming off the DL things have gone pretty well.

Everything came up roses in the end but Andrew McCutchen needed to leave the game in the fifth inning with rib discomfort and then Pedro Alvarez left after the sixth inning with foot discomfort so it will be interesting to see what happens. The Pirates have the day off on Thursday and since tomorrow is a day game it wouldn't be overly shocking to see both of them out of the lineup for multiple days off.

Tony Watson has been largely mediocre since the break and surprisingly worked two innings tonight. He was brought in after Cole gave up back-to-back hits to start the seventh inning and gave up both of those runs to tie the game. He worked a scoreless eighth before Mark Melancon got the save. Things have just been flat awful for the Pirates. They have cost them multiple games and there really isn't anyone in the pen right now who I would feel comfortable with in a high leverage situation. Bad times.

Who cares, the Pirates won. woooooo

Pirates Game 132 Preview - vs. St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates - 7:05 p.m.
Lance Lynn (14-8, 2.78) vs. Gerrit Cole (7-4, 3.69)

Season Series (St. Louis leads 8-6)
April 4, 2014 - Pittsburgh 12, St. Louis 2 [Recap]
April 5, 2014 - St. Louis 6, Pittsburgh 1
April 6, 2014 - Pittsburgh 2, St. Louis 1 [Recap]
April 25, 2014 - St. Louis 1, Pittsburgh 0 [Recap]
April 26, 2014 - Pittsburgh 6, St. Louis 1
April 27, 2013 - St. Louis 7, Pittsburgh 0 [Recap]
May 9, 2014 - Pittsburgh 6, St. Louis 4
May 10, 2014 - Pittsburgh 4, St. Louis 3
May 11, 2014 - St. Louis 6, Pittsburgh 5
July 7, 2014 - St. Louis 2, Pittsburgh 0 [Recap]
July 8, 2014 - St. Louis 5, Pittsburgh 4 [Recap]
July 9, 2014 - St. Louis 5, Pittsburgh 2
July 10, 2014 - Pittsburgh 9, St. Louis 1 [Recap]
August 25, 2014 - St. Louis 3, Pittsburgh 2 [Recap]


Lineups

Pittsburgh (67-64)
1. Harrison 5
2. Snider 9
3. McCutchen 8
4. Walker 4
5. Martin 2
6. Alvarez 3
7. Marte 7
8. Barmes 6
9. Cole 1

St. Louis (71-59)
1. Carpenter 5
2. Wong 4
3. Holliday 7
4. Adams 3
5. Peralta 6
6. Jay 8
7. Pierzynski 2
8. Taveras 9
9. Lynn 1

Monday, August 25, 2014

Pirates Game 131 Recap - Cardinals 3, Pirates 2

Losing tonight wasn't the end of the world for the Pirates, but when you need to win the series and have to face Adam Wainwright in one of those starts then losing this game is way less than ideal. The Bucs got a pretty solid start from Francisco Liriano but the bullpen really let them down again.

Jared Hughes has been one of the Pirates best relievers this year but after Liriano was pulled after giving up a leadoff single in the seventh Hughes was touched up for three runs after picking off Kolten Wong for the first out of the inning. Granted it didn't help that Andrew McCutchen still struggles in a big way to throw the baseball to the right base that all but allowed the third run to score but it went from a 1-0 game to a 3-1 game real quick.

The offense carried the team in Milwaukee. Tonight against John Lackey they hit the ball around most of the night but grounded into four double plays, two by Travis Snider, that really put the stop to a lot of promising innings. Pedro Alvarez went deep in the second inning and McCutchen went deep in the ninth but it wasn't enough. Starling Marte got a lot of a pitch with two outs and Russell Martin on second base in the ninth inning but landed just shy of the track in center. It was the second straight game where McCutchen led off the ninth inning with a home run to put the Pirates within one only to have them lose. He is a really good baseball player.

I think a lot of people are going to question the bullpen management tonight but I really don't think that was a problem. Liriano had good stuff tonight and struck out eight Cardinals but needed a 5-2-3 bases loaded double play in the sixth after walking two Cardinals with one out and then gave up the leadoff single in the seventh. It was dicey and I would rather take a guy out a batter too early than a batter too late. Hughes has been good all season and while you maybe could have brought in Tony Watson to face Jon Jay I don't have a problem at all with leaving Hughes in there. He just got beat.

Like I said, this was a really tough game to drop. The Pirates need all the wins they can get and while you can't expect to win 1-0 I think if you could have got to the eighth inning up 1-0 with Watson and Mark Melancon you would have had a good chance of doing so. Alas they did not. Have to go out and beat Lance Lynn tomorrow.

Pirates Game 131 Preview - vs. St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates - 7:10 p.m.
John Lackey (1-1, 5.40) vs. Francisco Liriano (3-10, 4.18)

Season Series (St. Louis leads 7-6)
April 4, 2014 - Pittsburgh 12, St. Louis 2 [Recap]
April 5, 2014 - St. Louis 6, Pittsburgh 1
April 6, 2014 - Pittsburgh 2, St. Louis 1 [Recap]
April 25, 2014 - St. Louis 1, Pittsburgh 0 [Recap]
April 26, 2014 - Pittsburgh 6, St. Louis 1
April 27, 2013 - St. Louis 7, Pittsburgh 0 [Recap]
May 9, 2014 - Pittsburgh 6, St. Louis 4
May 10, 2014 - Pittsburgh 4, St. Louis 3
May 11, 2014 - St. Louis 6, Pittsburgh 5
July 7, 2014 - St. Louis 2, Pittsburgh 0 [Recap]
July 8, 2014 - St. Louis 5, Pittsburgh 4 [Recap]
July 9, 2014 - St. Louis 5, Pittsburgh 2
July 10, 2014 - Pittsburgh 9, St. Louis 1 [Recap]


Lineups

Pittsburgh (67-63)
1. Harrison 5
2. Snider 9
3. McCutchen 8
4. Walker 4
5. Martin 2
6. Alvarez 3
7. Marte 7
8. Mercer 6
9. Liriano 1

St. Louis (70-59)
1. Carpenter 5
2. Bourjos 8
3. Holliday 7
4. Adams 3
5. Peralta 6
6. Taveras 9
7. Wong 4
8. Cruz 2
9. Lackey 1

Pirates Demote Polanco, To Recall Tabata





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Gregory Polanco is going back down to Indy. The move is very short term, though. With how good Travis Snider has been Polanco hasn't been playing much and is marred in a 1-for-30 slump. He has look very lost at the plate and the Pirates are hoping some every day at bats will help him out. This is short term because the rosters expand on Monday and he will be up and hopefully helping the team then.

Barmes is going to be a really nice addition and strengthen the bench. While he isn't a great player he is better than Jayson Nix and Michael Martinez.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Pirates Game 130 Preview - @ Milwaukee Brewers

Pittsburgh Pirates at Milwaukee Brewers - 2:10 p.m.
Vance Worley (5-3, 2.92) vs. Mike Fiers (3-1, 1.29)

Season Series (Milwaukee leads 10-5)
April 11, 2014 - Milwaukee 4, Pittsburgh 2 [Recap]
April 12, 2014 - Milwaukee 3, Pittsburgh 2 [Recap]
April 13, 2014 - Milwaukee 4, Pittsburgh 1
April 17, 2014 - Pittsburgh 11, Milwaukee 2 [Recap]
April 18, 2014 - Milwaukee 5, Pittsburgh 3 [Recap]
April 19, 2014 - Milwaukee 8, Pittsburgh 7
April 20, 2014 - Milwaukee 3, Pittsburgh 2
May 13, 2014 - Milwaukee 5, Pittsburgh 2 [Recap]
May 14, 2014 - Pittsburgh 4, Milwaukee 1 [Recap]
May 15, 2014 - Milwaukee 4, Pittsburgh 3 [Recap]
June 6, 2014 - Pittsburgh 15, Milwaukee 5 [Recap]
June 7, 2014 - Milwaukee 9, Pittsburgh 3
June 8, 2014 - Milwaukee 1, Pittsburgh 0 [Recap]
August 22, 2014 - Pittsburgh 8, Milwaukee 3 [Recap]
August 23, 2014 - Pittsburgh 10, Milwaukee 2


Lineups

Pittsburgh (67-62)
1. Harrison 5
2. Polanco 9
3. McCutchen 8
4. Walker 4
5. Martin 2
6. Alvarez 3
7. Marte 8
8. Mercer 6
9. Worley 1

Milwaukee (71-58)
1. Gomez 8
2. Lucroy 2
3. Braun 9
4. Ramirez 5
5. Gennett 4
6. Reynolds 3
7. Parra 7
8. Herrera 6
9. Fiers 1