No Help from Teammates Results in Cole Taking Tough Loss

Steve Blass knows a thing or two about pitching, regardless of the wildness that ended his career early and has made his name, quite unfairly, synonymous with each subsequent major-leaguer who has lost the ability to throw strikes.

Blass went 78-44 in a five-year span from 1968-72 for the Pirates. He won Game 7 of the 1971 World Series against the Baltimore Orioles and was second in the National League Cy Young voting the next year.


Pirates Place Bastardo on Disabled List

Antonio Bastardo is no longer on the Pirates 25-man roster.

No, the team didn’t release him, instead the left-hander has been placed on the 10-day disabled list.

This afternoon, the team announced that Bastardo is going to be sidelined with a left-quad strain.

Bastardo has been the weak link in the Pirates bullpen this season compiling an ERA of 16.20 in 6 2/3 innings pitched.


Kuhl Gets Routed by Cubs But Refuses to Lose His Cool

Sometimes it is easy to forget that Chad Kuhl had made just 18 starts in the major leagues and been in the big leagues less than a year.

Few 24-year-olds possess the mound presence of the Pirates right-hander. He never seems to rattle, which he proved in his major-league debut last June 26 when he beat the Los Angeles Dodgers and three-time National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.


Home Runs in Back-to-Back Games a Good Sign from Bell

Josh Bell’s home run was hidden beneath two other major story lines Friday night.

Most of the focus following the Pirates’ 6-3 victory over the New York Yankees at PNC Park in the opener of a three-game series was on Tyler Glasnow and Jordy Mercer.

Glasnow, the rookie right-hander, made the best of his three starts this season. He came within one out of pitching the minimum five innings required for what would have been his first career victory.


It Is Still Too Early to Make a Judgement on Glasnow

Tyler Glasnow will not be pitching for his job Friday night when he faces the New York Yankees in the opener of a three-game series at PNC Park.

Nor should he.

The Pirates rookie right-hander has gotten off to a rough start to the season. Through two starts, the 23-year-old is 0-1 with a 12.15 ERA while lasting a combined 6 2/3 innings and issuing seven walks.


Lack of Common Sense by Marte, Kang Puts Pirates in Predicament

Starling Marte

Yes, it is a teeny tiny sample size, but life without Starling Marte has not been good for the Pirates so far.

The center fielder was suspended Tuesday for 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive a second time for Nandrolone, a performance-enhancing drug.

The Pirates then lost their next two games to the Cardinals by identical 2-1 scores at St. Louis, the first Tuesday night then again Wednesday afternoon.


Marte’s Suspension Means Get ’em Next Year

The Pirates needed a lot of things to go right to be a contender this season. Then something went horribly wrong Tuesday.

Major League Baseball announced that center fielder Starling Marte has been suspended 80 games for testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug Nandrolone. HE began serving the suspension Tuesday night as the Pirates faced the Cardinals at St. Louis.