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It was just a matter of time before Pirates fans booed David Bednar

What looked to be a ho-hum 3-1 Pirates victory over Detroit at PNC Park on Tuesday afternoon turned into an ugly 5-3 loss. Veteran starter Martin Perez gave up one run in eight strong innings and wound up with a no-decision. Closer and Pittsburgh area native, David Bednar, took the loss after coming on in… read more

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The Pirates win over the Orioles on Saturday was the most important one of the season

The headline is a bit dramatic. We are just talking about a 5-4, 11-inning victory over Baltimore at PNC Park on Saturday that improved the Pirates to 7-2 in the very early stages of the 2024 campaign. You mean to tell me that a 6-3 mark would have been that much worse? Possibly. Pittsburgh started… read more

Bucs bats go silent in loss to Orioles in home opener on Friday

In cold and dreary weather conditions reminiscent of the time these two teams battled it out in the 1979 World Series at old Three Rivers Stadium, the Orioles were in Pittsburgh on Friday afternoon for the Pirates 2024 home opener at PNC Park. The Pirates’ 6-1 start on the road raised the excitement level even… read more

Pirates beat Nationals to improve to 5-0 for the first time since 1983

This headline may seem like an April Fool’s joke to you if you’re not in the habit of paying attention to Pirates baseball. But while Monday was indeed April 1, it was no joke that the Pirates defeated Washington, 8-4, at Nationals Park to improve to 5-0 to start the 2024 campaign. Marco Gonzales started… read more

Jared Jones dominates in Pirates debut

Back during spring training, if someone had predicted that a rookie pitcher would go on to record 10 strikeouts in his Major League debut with the Pirates in 2024, you likely would have thought of Paul Skenes, right? How could it not be Skenes, the hulking phenom who was the first pick in the 2023… read more

The start of the Pirates baseball season is still full of fun and optimism

What a great day for a ballgame. Let’s play two! The Pirates 2024 campaign kicked off Thursday afternoon with a 6-5, 12-inning victory over the Marlins down in Miami, Florida. The Buccos won again on Friday night by a score of 7-2. Pittsburgh is now 2-0 as I write this article, but that could change… read more

Paul Skenes impresses in brief spring training debut

You know it’s serious when Pirates fans are even angry with team owner Bob Nutting and the powers that be at Major League Baseball for not televising or live-streaming a spring training game. As if it were that easy to get play-by-play personnel and a camera crew in place in time for an afternoon spring… read more

The Pirates are just going to have to win in spite of their owner

After reading and digesting last week’s article in The Athletic that detailed Bob Nutting’s cheapness, let’s just say I have a whole new perspective on the Pirates’ long-time owner and his willingness to do what it takes to win. Nutting is never going to do everything it takes to win. Does that mean he wants… read more

The Athletic article on Bob Nutting makes it almost impossible to defend him

“I’ve been in some meetings where my jaw dropped because we had to wait a day to trade a guy because it was going to save us $30,000,” a former instructor said. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe I’m hearing this.’ This is a $10 billion industry.” That quote was pulled from… read more

With the signing of Aroldis Chapman, the Pirates now have a strong bullpen

If you had to pick one of the most hated opposing players in Pittsburgh sports in the mid-2010s, Aroldis Chapman, the Reds flame-throwing closer, was at the top of the list. The Pirates came of age in 2013, and the Reds were already in the throes of trying to maximize their small-market championship window. The… read more

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