What Does 2021 Have in Store for Michael Feliz?

The last two articles I’ve written have been about a pair of pickups that the Pirates gave up virtually nothing for. Today’s going to be a little bit different, as I’ll be previewing a pitcher that the Pirates had to give up a player currently under a $36 million-a-year contract to get. Michael Feliz isContinue reading “What Does 2021 Have in Store for Michael Feliz?”

From a Waiver Pickup to a Reliable Reliever

Before the 2020 season started in July, I had a conversation in a Rum Bunter recap about one of the Pirates’ exhibition games against Cleveland. The comment I specifically took note of was one about how Chris Stratton, a reliever in Pittsburgh’s bullpen, had been bad in 2019.

Closer or Trade Piece? 2021 Might Have it All For Richard Rodriguez

The Pirates’ 2021 bullpen is likely to include a lot of moving parts, with competition for almost every spot taking place this spring. There are a few spots already filled up, and one of them is occupied by Richard Rodriguez, the presumptive closer. But is his place on the roster really set in stone, andContinue reading “Closer or Trade Piece? 2021 Might Have it All For Richard Rodriguez”

The Bullpen Piece Some May Have Forgotten About

The bullpen for the Pirates has been a series of moving parts over the last two seasons, and that trend will likely continue in 2021. But there was a time three years ago where the ‘pen was very dominant, featuring Felipe Vasquez, Kyle Crick, Richard Rodriguez, and eventually Keone Kela at the trade deadline.  ThereContinue reading “The Bullpen Piece Some May Have Forgotten About”

Which Pirates Are on Trade Watch Heading into Spring Training?

This offseason, Pirates General Manager, Ben Cherington, has been busy unloading some of the Pirates’ best players for a total of 11 prospects. While this came to no surprise, as Cherington said “This probably won’t be the last of them” after the Josh Bell trade in December, it finally showed to the fanbase what directionContinue reading “Which Pirates Are on Trade Watch Heading into Spring Training?”

2020 Season in Review: Best Hitter and Pitcher in Pittsburgh

At the end of the 2020 season, the Baseball Writers Association of America voted for a few awards when it came to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The awards were the Clemente Award, which signifies the Pirates MVP for the whole season, as well as the Steve Blass Award, which is awarded to the best Pirates pitcherContinue reading “2020 Season in Review: Best Hitter and Pitcher in Pittsburgh”

How Does the Current Pittsburgh Pirates Bullpen Fit Into Future Plans?

On October 30th of last year, interim General Manager Kevan Graves, who had the job temporarily after Neal Huntington was fired, made an intriguing acquisition. The pickup was a waiver claim by the name of Sam Howard. He was a southpaw that had struggled in the majors and Triple-A the past few years. Little didContinue reading “How Does the Current Pittsburgh Pirates Bullpen Fit Into Future Plans?”

The Story of Gregory Polanco: How He Got Here and What’s Next

On September 7th of 2018, Gregory Polanco was up at the plate against the Miami Marlins in the 6th inning. He hit a line drive into the right-center field gap that was cut off by the outfielder. Polanco hustled around first and then performed what might be the worst slide in major league history. ThisContinue reading “The Story of Gregory Polanco: How He Got Here and What’s Next”

Fair or Foul? After a Controversial Call, the Indians Win it In Extras 6-3

The Pirates once again found themselves in COVID limbo, this time with a member of the Cincinnati Reds testing positive for the virus. This caused more games to be postponed, with the Saturday and Sunday match ups being canceled. Anyways, the Pirates were back in action tonight and unfortunately it ended in a Pittsburgh extraContinue reading “Fair or Foul? After a Controversial Call, the Indians Win it In Extras 6-3”

After Three Day Break, Pirates Come Out Swinging, Beat Reds 9-6

Before the Pittsburgh Pirates’ three day layoff, they were struggling to put together consistent good at-bats. In an interview with Josh Bell, he said that he felt this series would be the one where the Pirates starting hitting. Well, if there was any way Bell would be right, it would be the fact that theContinue reading “After Three Day Break, Pirates Come Out Swinging, Beat Reds 9-6”