3 Up, 3 Down: July 2nd-9th

Welcome to 3 Up, 3 Down: a weekly recap and preview for the Pirates. This post refers to games from July 3-9: a seven game road trip where the Pirates took three of four against the Phillies (July 3-6) and winning two of three against the Cubs (July 7-9).

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Gregory Polanco’s bat finally started to pick up this week, slashing .375/.400/.625 with two home runs over 25 plate appearances. He also picked up an assist after starting a double-play on July 5. Speaking of assists, Jose Osuna picked up three assists from left in the Pirates’ 6-3 win Thursday. Chad Kuhl came through big for the Pirates twice this week. He went a career high seven innings Thursday, allowing just two earned runs. His week was not over though, as he made an emergency start Sunday in place of a sick Jameson Taillon

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3 Up, 3 Down: June 19th-25th

Welcome to 3 Up, 3 Down: a weekly recap and preview for the Pirates. This post refers to games from June 19-25: a stretch where the Pirates split a four game series in Milwaukee (6/19-6/22) and took two of three on the road against the St. Louis Cardinals (6/23-6/25).

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Gerrit Cole picked up a pair of wins this past week, going 13 innings with 10 strikeouts. He did allow two solo home runs, but those were the only runs he surrendered. He has a 1.35 ERA in his last three outings after a four game swoon in late May, early June. It’s probably safe to say Andrew McCutchen is back. He hit .391 this week (9/23) with two home runs and six walks. He was also the most popular topic of discussion at Pirates Talk Now this week. ESPN’s Aaron Boone talked to me about him

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3 Up, 3 Down: June 12th-June 18th

Welcome to 3 Up, 3 Down: a weekly recap and preview for the Pirates. This post refers to games from June 12-18: a stretch where the Pirates took two of three against the Colorado Rockies (6/12-14) and lost two of three to the Chicago Cubs (6/16-18).

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Jameson Taillon returned to the Pirates Monday, going five shutout innings and picking up the win against the Colorado Rockies. While he had a much worse outing against the Cubs Sunday (5 IP, 4 ER), Taillon’s return is a big one for the rotation and team morale. Pirates Talk Now’s John Perrotto wrote about his return Tuesday. The First year Draft was Monday-Wednesday. The Pirates’ top pick was high school right-hander Shane Baz, who has already signed with the team. I recapped all three days of the draft for PTN. Day 1 can be found here

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3 Up, 3 Down: June 5th-June 11th

Welcome to 3 Up, 3 Down: a weekly recap and preview for the Pirates. This post refers to games from June 5th-11th: a stretch where the Pirates lost two extra inning games in Baltimore (6/6-6/7) and split a four game set at home against the Marlins (6/8-6/11).

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Andrew McCutchen is continuing to clobber the baseball, recording a .417/.462/.542 line in his six games last week. He is 23 hits over his last 57 at-bats (.404), racking up 38 total bases in that stretch (a .667 slugging percentage). Elias Diaz has reached base safely in all four of his starts since taking over for the injured Francisco Cervelli. Diaz has a 1.050 OPS on the year, including a .500/.563/.643 line in his first look as a starter. I opined Thursday that giving him a look as a starter was long overdue.

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3 Up, 3 Down: May 29th-June 4th

Welcome to 3 Up, 3 Down: a weekly recap and preview for the Pirates. This post refers to  games from May 29-June 4, a stretch where the Pirates lost two out of three at home to the Diamondbacks (5/29-5/31) before taking two out of three on the road against the Mets (6/2-6/4).

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Trevor Williams turned in a pair of quality starts this week, going six innings Monday against the Diamondbacks and seven innings Sunday against the Mets, only allowing one run in both outings. He struck out six and walked two in that stretch. If his first start against the Dodgers is excluded, Williams has a 2.83 ERA ever since taking over for Jameson Taillon

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