On the heels of the Pirates being swept out of Milwaukee, more on that later, we have approached the deadline day for non waiver trades. Your Pittsburgh Pirates sit four games behind the Miami Marlins for a wild card playoff spot and also trail the Mets and Cardinals in the chase for that spot. Their… Continue reading Deadline Day
Here are a few perspectives on the trade of Mark Melancon to the Washington Nationals. I’ll save much of my analysis until I see what transpires between now and Monday. That said, in my opinion the team is not as strong as it was before this trade and the possibility of making the postseason, while not… Continue reading Reaction To Melancon Trade, Bucs Drop Another In Milwaukee
Several folks were again revisiting the JA Happ situation and the Pirates failure to lure the free agent back to Pittsburgh. The presumption being that Happ would have been secured had the Bucs offered the same three years and $36M that landed him in Toronto. I’m not sure that’s a given but for the sake… Continue reading Revisiting JA Happ And The Pirates Offense Fizzles
Our weekly musings from Patrick Connell………. The Guy next to me on his way to Latrobe actually did ask me: –“So and So could be this year’s JA Happ.” If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a hundred times when fans and pundits are discussing potential trades for the Pirates. The problem is that… Continue reading The Guy Next To Me…….
Great starting pitching? Check Timely hitting? Check Great defense? Check Stars playing like stars? Triple check! Pirates turn a corner? We’ll see. Gerrit Cole threw a complete game, Jung Ho Kang broke the game open with a three-run double, Andrew McCutchen hit like Andrew McCutchen and Kang, David Freese, Josh Harrison and Sean Rodriguez turned… Continue reading Pieces Fall Into Place, Bucs Win Big
With the bad Francisco Liriano showing up at PNC Park last night, it would appear that Pirates GM Neal Huntington is being painted into a corner as the August 1st trade deadline approaches. Liriano blew a 4-1 lead and was basically ineffective throughout in the Pirates 7-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners at PNC Park.… Continue reading Pitching Help Seems Essential As Liriano Melts Down
The Chicago Cubs acquired left handed closer Aroldis Chapman from the New York Yankees yesterday in exchange for four players. The trade had been rumored for some time and finally consummated. The clubs formally announced the deal late yesterday afternoon. Chapman in 2016 has posted a 3-0 record with a 2.01 ERA and has converted… Continue reading Analyzing The Chapman Trade