10-1-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) Last night versus a dismantled Chicago Cubs lineup-one without Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant-the Pittsburgh Pirates lost their 100th game in the 2021 season; the 9th of its kind in their 140 year franchise history, and the first since 2010. Now, it’s not likeContinue reading “Pirates Put An Exclamation Point On Their 100 Loss Season”
No matter what happened, no matter who did what, this game was always going to be about the few innings the Pirates brass allowed Roansy Contreras to pitch as he made his Pirates debut, at PNC Park no less.
9-29-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) I’ve written and said almost everything I possibly could about the journey of Mitch Keller; from former top prospect in all of Major League Baseball to polarizing starter for your Pittsburgh Pirates. At the end of 2020 when Keller went on his 11 inning no-hit streak,Continue reading “Pirates Win After An Appearance From The So-Called Bad Mitch Keller”
9-5-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) Immediately after Pirates lost their third game in a row to Cubs at Wrigley Field, on a BS call I might add, Pittsburgh Manager Derek Shelton was required to address the question as to why the team’s most effective reliever, David Bednar, did not pitch inContinue reading “Shelton Can’t Win, And Neither Can The Pirates”
Two games with nice comebacks only to fail to secure a win. Those smart no matter where you are in the standings.
9-3-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) Heading into last night’s game I was already dreading the game recap that would follow due to Mitch Keller’s start being pushed back a day, making it fall right in line with mine and Gary’s little rotation. Since being recalled from his demotion to Triple-A IndianapolisContinue reading “The Pirates Ran The Gamut Against The Cubs. Keller, Not Kuhl And A Difo Drop”
Symbolism and baseball go hand in hand. Maybe that’s why I’ve found some success writing about it, I’m a metaphor junkie and baseball provides ample opportunity to put that on display.
You get to the point when covering a season like this where you almost look at that as a win, not for the team of course, but personally. It’s hard to find anything useful to write about in a double digit loss, but in a 4-3 close game with chances throughout there tend to be more things worth noting.
Prior to the Pirates games against the Cubs this Mother’s Day afternoon, Pittsburgh and General Manager Ben Cherington made a number of roster moves; some expected, while others may have caught Pirates Fans a little off guard. During the bottom of the first inning of Saturday’s contest, Colin Moran was removed from the game afterContinue reading “The Pirates And Their Depleted Offense Hang On To Win At Wrigley And Avoid The Sweep”
Wil Crowe is still a work in progress, he still struggles with command at times but one thing he is showing at least me, he’s a major league pitcher.