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Pittsburgh Pirates hitters are finding success in the middle

By: Jason Rollison | May 25, 2018 Pittsburgh Pirates hitters have shown to be more than capable, while also completely disappearing at the absolute wrong times. In many ways, this yin-yang routine is representative of how they’ve found that success in 2018 to date. At points this season, the Pittsburgh Pirates run production has been ablaze with fireworks. Whether it be leadoff magic from Josh Harrison, unexpected power from Francisco Cervelli or the surprising steadiness of Corey DIckerson, the club’s offense has certainly been the highlight of the season to date. It has also absolutely been anemic at times....

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The Pittsburgh Pirates should put the best players on the field, period.

By: Jason Rollison | May 23, 2018 Earlier today, my colleague Matt Shetler advised all Pittsburgh Pirates fans to hold their collective horses as Austin Meadows was not going to be replacing Gregory Polanco any time soon. He’s right of course, but he’s also very wrong. Pittsburgh Pirates fans were treated to a cherry on the sundae that has been the club’s season to date when Austin Meadows made his debut over this past weekend. His performance was encouraging. At the very least, fans were ready to take a sigh of relief after seeing Meadows, whose stock has fallen...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call: A new era?

In our daily Wake-Up Call, we get you ready for the day with a complete look at all things Pittsburgh Pirates. For years, many Pittsburgh Pirates fans have pointed to the promise of the years to come. During the last half of the Andrew McCutchen years, they would console themselves over his eventual departure by looking to the future in top positional prospect Austin Meadows. It would all be ok, the thinking goes, when Cutch leaves because Meadows is as much of can’t-miss prospect as they come. Starting today, Pittsburgh Pirates fans will see if that turns out to...

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Report: Pittsburgh Pirates set to call up Austin Meadows

By: Jason Rollison | May 17, 2018 According to a report from The Athletic’s Rob Biertempfel, the Pittsburgh Pirates are set to call up their top positional prospect in outfielder Austin Meadows. The Pittsburgh Pirates energized their fans today, as Rob Biertempfel of the Athletic was first to report that the club intends to call up its top position player prospect in Austin Meadows. The team made it official a short time later: The move is nothing less than a jolt to many Pirates fans. Necessitated by a 10-day DL trip for Starling Marte (oblique soreness). Marte’s injury is not...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call: A win with a reminder

By: Jason Rollison | May 16, 2018 The Pittsburgh Pirates got back on the winning side of things in yesterday’s 7-0 drubbing of the Chicago White Sox, but a couple of moments served as cautious reminders. Backed by a strong start from Trevor Williams, the Pittsburgh Pirates took care of business yesterday in a 7-0 stomping of the Chicago White Sox. The game had a little something for everyone. Gregory Polanco and Josh Bell had two hits apiece. Adam Frazier — who may be fighting to stay on this 25-man roster — had a home run. The club got...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call – Moving On

By: Jason Rollison | May 14, 2018 In our daily Wake-Up Call, we get you ready for the day with a complete look at all things Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pittsburgh Pirates have successfully weathered the emotional storm of a certain former face of the franchise’s return, and now can move on. They can move on having banked another series win, though yesterday’s result was less than ideal. They can move on, continuing to surprise and delight fans who may have forgotten the club existed once Andrew McCutchen was traded. The club can move forward with their season, confident in...

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Gregory Polanco has an easy path towards more production

By: Jason Rollison | May 8, 2018 Pittsburgh Pirates right-fielder Gregory Polanco has had an up-and-down start to his 2018 season; However there is an easy path to consistency in place for the still-young outfielder. The Pittsburgh Pirates have invested considerable time and resources into helping Gregory Polanco become the player many envisioned he can be. Now, in his fifth major season — and fourth full season — Polanco has settled in to something else: a productive enough player when he is at his best. Of course, he can also serve as a black hole in the lineup when...

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