Sweep of Cubs at Wrigley Field Mixture of Character and Good Timing

The Pirates just concluded a go-figure kind of week.

They scored three runs in both the eighth and ninth innings Sunday to rally for a 6-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs and a three-game sweep of the defending World Series champions at Wrigley Field.

That came in the same week that began with the Pirates being swept in a three-game series by the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park. The Reds have finished last in the National League Central each of the last two seasons.

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3 Thoughts on the Pirates

Three thoughts on the Pirates:

  1. It’s good to be Bob Nutting

The last time the Pirates officially changed hands. prior to the 1996 season, the sale price was $95 million.

That is how much Kevin McClatchy paid to buy the team from the public/private consortium that was formed in 1985 to purchase the Pirates from the Galbreath family and assure the franchise would stay in Pittsburgh. Almost the entire $95 million consisted of debt service.

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Slow Start Discouraging But Not Necessarily Surprising

The old baseball adage says that pennants can’t be won in April but they can be lost.

That’s good news for the Pirates. Through the first nine games of the season, they have looked like anything but pennant winners by going 3-6.

While they swept a three-game series from the Atlanta Braves last week, the Pirates have lost three games each to the Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds.

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Too Early to Worry About Lack of Clutch Hitting

The numbers are certainly disturbing.

The Pirates have gone 0-for-19 with runners in scoring position during the first two games of their three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds that ends Wednesday night at PNC Park.

In Tuesday night’s 6-2 loss, the Pirates stranded 11 runners. In Monday night’s 7-1 loss, they left eight runners on base in the first three innings then never had another baserunner over the final six innings.

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Not The Time To Give Up On Glasnow

Definitely not the debut Tyler Glasnow was hoping for.

Not being able to find the plate ended the rookie’s night before the third inning.

Glasnow’s final line: 1.2 innings, 4 hits, 5 runs, 5 walks and 1 strikeout. The problem was that of his 64 pitches, he only threw 35 strikes.

Two concerns that scouts had about Glasnow heading into the season were holding runners on and could he throw enough strikes.

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Up Next for Pirates: Cincinnati Reds

Coming off a 3-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves, the Pirates host the first-place Cincinnati Reds (4-2) at PNC Park.

Tonights pitching matchup is a battle of two 23-year olds: Tyler Glasnow vs. left-handed Brandon Finnegan.

Finnegan is one of three 20-year olds in the Reds rotation joining Rookie Price (23) and Amir Garrett 24). In 31 starts last season, Finnegan went 10-11 with a 3.98 ERA.

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Pirates Highlights for 2017 Home Opener

The Pirates have announced a list of events scheduled for the Home Opener.

If you’re headed to the game on Friday, here are some things that you should be aware of:

**All fans in attendance receive a Pirates 2017 Magnetic Schedule.

**PNC Park gates will open to all fans at 11 AM

**Outfielder Starling Marte will receive his 2016 Gold Glove and it will presented to him by former Pirate Gold Glove outfielder Andy Van Slyke.

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Wednesday Pirates News & Notes

UPDATE (11:06 AM)-

**Bleacher Report released its Top 50 Prospects and a few Pirates were placed on the list.

RHP Mitch Keller, the Pirates 2014 2nd Round Pick was #31. Although he made the Pirates Opening Day roster, Josh Bell was #25. Same goes for Tyler Glasnow who’s listed at #13 and the top ranked Pirates prospect is outfielder Austin Meadows (#11).

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