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Pirates Roundtable – Episode 2

Published on July 4, 2013 by in Podcasts

Tonight, I was glad to be asked back for Episode Two of Pirates Roundtable that was set up by James Santelli over at Pirates Prospects. Joining James, along with myself, was Ed Giles of Inclemente Weather.

We also had a surprise visit by Greg Brown(!) and David Manel of Bucs Dugout joined us for a while as well.

The full episode is about an hour and twenty minutes, but we discuss pretty much every relevant topic surrounding the Bucs right now. It’s definitely worth a look.

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Gerrit Cole improves to 4-0 in 10-3 rout of Brewers

Final: Pirates 10, Brewers 3 (box)

WP: Gerrit Cole (4-0, 3.70 ERA)
LP: Johnny Hellweg (0-1, 27.00 ERA)
SV: Ryan Reid (1, 1.00 ERA)

50x50_t470I guess we will start with Gerrit Cole. He seemed like he was going to be in for a long day after allowing six of the first seven batters to reach base, leading to a three-run deficit to start the game. But he settled in quite nicely after that and didn’t allow a run the rest of the way as he finished up six innings. He picked up his fourth win in his fourth start of his career and became the first Pirate pitcher to do so since Nick Maddox in 1907. Yup. 1907. That was a long time ago.

50x50_t470As mentioned earlier, it seemed like we were going to be in for a long day, but then something glorious happened. Something called the second inning. An inning in which 12 Pirates made it to the plate and seven of them scored. It was highlighted by a two run double by Neil Walker, and some awful defense from Jean Segura. It was fun.

50x50_t470Ryan Reid finished the game off with three scoreless innings and was awarded with his first career save. Reid actually has been pretty effective thus far and owns a 1.00 WHIP and 1.00 ERA over his first nine ML innings.

50x50_t470Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen each had three hits. Marte was a home run shy of the cycle. While McCutchen was a triple shy of the cycle. Pedro Alvarez went 2 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. He has recorded multiple hits in six of his last seven games.

50x50_t470The St. Louis Cardinals lost to Oakland tonight, which means the Pirates are in sole possession of first place in the NL Central and are proud owners of the best record in Major League Baseball. I can’t even begin to express how much fun and excitement this season has been. I seriously can’t even put it into words. I’m just enjoying the ride and am hoping for something special.

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Pirates Roundtable – Episode 1

Published on June 27, 2013 by in Podcasts

I was honored today to be one of the guests on the first episode of Pirates Roundtable hosted by James Santelli of Pirates Prospects. I was joined by Brian McElhinny from Raise the Jolly Roger, Cory Weibel from Three Rivers Burgh Blog, Pat Lackey of Where Have You Gone, Andy Van Slyke? and Tom Bragg, also from Pirates Prospects.

We discussed pretty much every relevant topic surrounding the Pirates right now so if you feel like wasting a good hour and 18 minutes of your life, check it out. (I’ll actually need to check it out, too. As my audio wasn’t working very well, so I didn’t even hear half of it. Note: DSL internet…not ideal for video calls.)

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Five home runs power Bucs to 9-2 win over Mariners

Published on June 26, 2013 by in Game Recaps

Final: Pirates 9, Mariners 2 (box)

WP: Jeff Locke (7-1, 2.06 ERA)
LP: Joe Saunders (5-8, 4.98 ERA)

50x50_t470Jeff Locke was excellent once again as he gave up just two runs over seven innings. His 2.06 ERA is now tied with Clayton Kershaw for second best in the National League behind only Matt Harvey (2.05).

50x50_t470Starling Marte had himself a game. After leading off with his seventh triple, he added his seventh and eighth home runs in what was his first career multi-HR game.

50x50_t470Brandon Inge hit a three-run homer and Russell Martin and Gaby Sanchez each added solo home runs of their own. The five homers hit by Pittsburgh were the most in one game since July 22, 2009.

50x50_t470Pedro Alvarez saw his four game home run streak end, but was able to hit his ninth double of the year to extend his hitting streak to nine games. He has reached base safely in 15 straight.

50x50_t470Jeanmar Gomez starts tomorrow for the Pirates in his first start since June 2nd. He will face Felix Hernandez. Game time is 3:40 ET.

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2013 Draft: Pirates Day One Recap

Published on June 7, 2013 by in Draft, Features1

The first day of the 2013 Draft is in the books, and the Pirates have drafted three players they hope to add to their system soon.

1st Round, #9 Overall – Austin Meadows, OF, Grayson HS (GA) [Full Story]

– Ranked #5 overall prospect by Baseball America.

– Plays center field, but projects to move to one of the corners.

– Baseball America named him “Best Athlete,” as well as having the “Best Strike Zone Judgement” among high schoolers. He was also named second-best “Pure Hitter” and second “Closest to the Majors” among prep prospects.

– Hit .535 with four homers, 14 doubles, and one triple his senior season.

1st Round, #14 Overall – Reese McGuire, C, Kentwood HS (WA) [Full Story]

– Left-handed hitting catcher who was ranked by Baseball America as the top backstop in the draft and the #12 overall player.

– He has drawn nice reviews on his defensive ability as he sports a plus arm, has good receiving and blocking skills, along with a high baseball IQ.

– Was named USA Baseball’s Player of the Year in 2012 after hitting .400/.522/.514 for the 18-and-under team last year.

– Hit .436 with four homers, 13 doubles, and three triples his senior season.

2nd Round, #51 Overall – Blake Taylor, LHP, Dana Hills HS (CA) [Full Story]

– Ranked as #54 overall prospect in the draft by Baseball America.

– Fastball sits 89-92 mph. Also throws a good curveball and a developing changeup.

– Has a projectable frame at 6’3″ and posted a 2.57 ERA with 59 strikeouts in 11 games this year as a senior.

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Pirates select Blake Taylor with 51st overall pick in draft

Published on June 6, 2013 by in Draft, Features1

The Pirates finished off their first day of the draft with the 51st overall pick by selecting high school LHP Blake Taylor from Dana Hills High School in California.

Taylor has a commitment to play at Hawaii and does not turn 18 until August 17th. He was ranked by Baseball America as the 54th best prospect in the draft.

Here’s his prospect video:

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