Jeff Locke Doing Jeff Locke Things

Going into Monday night’s game at Coors Fields, whether they admit it or not, the Pirates had to be feeling a little queasy about the pitching situation they were taking into the game. With a taxed bullpen, the Pirates had Jeff Locke on the hill at the high altitude Coors Field. If you’ve watched Locke closely, instead of just blindly hating everything about him, then you have probably noticed that…

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The Much Anticipated Pirates Lineup vs Lefties

Here we are on April 20th and the Pirates are yet to face a left handed starter. Well the wait ends tonight as the Pirates taken on Drew Pomeranz. Here is the lineup the Buccos have trotted out the majority of games: Let’s start with what will stay the same. Good chance 2-5 in the order will stay put. Polanco could even stay in the 6 hole. The big question…

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Cutch Homers, 7 Scoreless from Niese as Bucs Roll

Andrew McCutchen finally gets his first bomb of the 2016 season. What did Cutch think about after hitting the homer and heading back to the dugout? “Honestly, for real, ‘About time,’” McCutchen said. “How many balls have I hit on the barrel that I just missed? Honestly, if I hit half of those balls, I’ve got eight home runs. “I know that’s the game. That’s baseball. That happens. You just…

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Tough Day at the Office for Gerrit Cole

Sure, Cole went 6 innings and gave up 2 runs, but he had a couple of tough moments. Both of them coming in the 4th inning. The first being a single by Ian Kinsler that nearly took his head off. Then Cole gets the next two batters out and seems to have things under control. With two outs and the bases loaded, the first baseman normally will not hold on the…

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Is Nicasio the Juan for the Job?

In Juan Nicasio’s first start he went six inning and gave up one run, striking out seven. Only allowing two hits. His spring training was the stuff of legends (tongue in cheek). With that said, there is a lot more evidence pointing toward him coming back to earth. Let’s take a look at his best season as a starter. He has had only one season with more than 13 starts….

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Polanco and Cervelli Lead the Hit Parade in Detroit – Pirates Rock Verlander

Gregory Polanco and Francisco Cervelli each had 3 hits and an RBI. John Jaso, Matt Joyce, Starling Marte and Josh Harrison each had 2 hits. The Pirates totaled 17 hits. Justin Verlander did not make it out of the 5th inning and gave up 10 hits and 7 earned runs. Jon Niese went 6 innings and gave up 3 earned runs to pick up his first win as Bucco. Mark…

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Matt Joyce Makes Big League Team and Locke is in the Rotation

Per Rob Biertempfel, Matt Joyce will come north with the team and part of the opening day roster. This move appeared to be a lock, but now it is official. Also, Jeff Locke will be in the rotation to start the season. The last spot will come down to Nicasio and Vogelsong. It would be difficult for the team to ignore the spring training Nicasio has had. Don’t forget, we get…

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Pirates New Old Unis and Minor League Free Agent Signing

Something many fans have wanted for a long time is to bring back the 1979 Pirates unis complete with the pillbox hats. Well, finally, it is has been delivered. In case you were under a rock for the majority of the day today, here is what it looks like. Also, the Pirates signed Matt Joyce, the one time all-star for the Rays. In recent years, he has fallen on times…

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Pirates, McCutchen Eyeing Extension?

When it comes to the Pirates extending Andrew McCutchen, both parties have said all of the right things. After all, what franchise would not want to keep Andrew McCutchen for the long term? And on the other end of it, every player is going to say all the right things when it comes to staying with the team that gave him his first shot at the bigs. Currently Cutch has…

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Have Baseball Games Became Too Expensive to Be a Family Event?

Ticket prices are rising almost annually, as long as the team isn’t a disaster. The Pirates ticket prices held steady for very long, but it is obvious as to why that happened. There were increases put in place for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 season. Despite those increases, there are still reasonably priced tickets to be had at PNC Park. At other stadiums that is  not necessarily the case. For instance…

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