Game 153: Cubs 8 Pirates 3

It is received baseball wisdom that few things are more pointless than a good bullpen on a rebuilding club. The primary goal of a rebuilding team is not to win games — it is to spend the summer sorting through prospects and castoffs, hoping that some of these players will help the team win games […]

Game 150: Cubs 3 Pirates 2

Look, it’s 10 pm on Thursday night and the Steelers game is on. I’m sure you’d much rather be watching/reading about the Steelers game rather than reading about a hapless baseball team well on its way to another 100-loss season, so I’ll limit this post to a handful of bullet points: MITCH KELLER’S ERA IS […]

Game 149: Pirates 2 Yankees 1 billion

If I told you ahead of time that Roansy Contreras would strike out 10 Yankees on Wednesday, how would you feel? You’d probably think he put on a show against one of the best teams in baseball, the way Luis Ortiz did the night before. You might even dream for a second that the Pirates […]

Game 148: Pirates 8 Yankees 9

I had a nice post all written up and ready to go about what a nice win this was and how fun it was to watch the Pirates come back against a good team, but then Wil Crowe went out there and took a big, steaming shit all over the mound and they lost. The […]

Game 147: Pirates 3 Mets 7

You know, I was really hoping the Pirates would roll into Queens and put some pain on the Mets. New York is fighting for its life to hold on to the top spot in the NL East, and the Mets — along with their broadcasters and fans — have really rubbed me the wrong way […]

Game 144: Pirates 1 Mets 7

Coming off a 4-game winning streak, I was legitimately excited for Thursday night’s game, a national broadcast on Roberto Clemente Day against a talented but struggling team. But the Pirates dumped a bucket of cold water over everything by getting quickly and easily demolished by the New York Mets. From the beginning, Carlos Carrasco was […]

Game 143: Pirates 10 Reds 4

Well that was just about perfect. The Pirates closed out their third sweep of the year, and the first of the 4-game variety, by crushing the Redlegs in front of 48 disinterested Cincinnatians on Wednesday. The game promised to be a battle of two talented young starters, Roansy Contreras and Nick Lodolo. After both had […]

Games 141 & 142: young arms guide Bucs to doubleheader sweep

On Tuesday, the Pirates started a pair of interesting young pitchers in a day-night double header, and they rode those arms to their first series victory since sweeping the Brewers back on Aug. 2-4. I’ll start with the caveat that I probably could’ve tossed a couple of scoreless innings against this Reds lineup. The Bucs […]

Game 140: Pirates 6 Reds 3

I’ll be honest — I only watched a few minutes of Monday’s game (although I listened to a couple innings on radio). We only have so much precious time on this Earth, and it’s hard to justify letting some of those limited hours slip away watching Bryse Wilson and Mike Minor pitch a meaningless September […]