On the same day that the Pirates lose catcher Russell Martin to the Blue Jays, the St. Louis Cardinals completed a trade with the Atlanta Braves that netted them an All-Star outfielder.
The Pirates offered catcher Russell Martin a $15.3 million qualifying offer on Monday, and today he is in high demand.
The Pirates couldn’t stop Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto, who drove in the go-ahead run and got his 20th victory on Sunday, a 4-1 win that gave the NL Central title to the St. Louis Cardinals and forced Pittsburgh to settle for a wild card.
The Pittsburgh Pirates’ NL Central chances were hurt when Todd Frazier had a tying two-run homer in the seventh inning and Ramon Santiago hit a grand slam in the 10th, powering the Cincinnati Reds to a 10-6 victory on Saturday.
Travis Snider and Andrew McCutchen hit consecutive run-scoring doubles in the eighth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 on Friday night to keep the pressure on NL Central-leading St. Louis.
The Pirates play a big game on Sunday and at the same time the Steelers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Heinz Field.
Edinson Volquez threw seven scoreless innings, Travis Snider and Neil Walker hit homers and the Pittsburgh Pirates moved within one game of the NL Central lead with a 10-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night.
Andrew McCutchen homered for Pittsburgh’s only runs, and the Pirates stumbled in their chase for the NL Central title, falling to the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Wednesday night.
Brown thinks that this is the most important series of the season. He thinks, “you’ll say it was big no matter what happens the rest of the way.” However, with that being said, Brown thinks they can recover even if the series does not go as planned.
Robby Incmikoski of Root Sports stopped by “The Colin Dunlap Radio Programme” following the Pirates’ 4-1 loss to the Reds on Tuesday night.
Neal Huntington sat down with Pirates broadcaster Greg Brown on Sunday to give an update on the squad.
Pirates’ catcher Chris Stewart has been called up from the 15-Day Disabled List after having a successful stint while playing in Triple-A.
Beaver County Times Journalist and Member of the Baseball Writers of America, John Perrotto, joined Dan Kingerski Monday morning to discuss the current state of the Pirates’ roster.
Pirates’ Broadcaster John Wehner joined Tab Douglas on the eve of Opening Day to preview the Pirates’ lineup. Wehner took Tab position by position and talked about the team’s strengths and weaknesses.
The Pirates are coming off the most exciting season since 1991, but when it comes to expectations for the 2014 season, Vegas isn’t setting their sights too high for the Buccos.