Harrison Named to NL All-Star Team

The Pirates only got only player named to the 2017 All-Star Game which want a surprise. However, the Pirates lone representative was somewhat surprising.

For the second time in his career, Josh Harrison was named to the NL All-Star team.  Back in 2014, Harrison was picked as a utility player.

This season in 79 games, Harrison is hitting .288 with 16 doubles, 9 home runs, 27 RBI and has been hit a major-league leading 18 times.

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Random Thoughts on the Pirates

Here are some news and notes plus some random thoughts on things currently going on with the Pirates.

**This morning while speaking to the media, Clint Hurdle announced that when he returns from his suspension, Starling Marte would be playing left field and Andrew McCutchen would remain in center field. I disagree with this decision and here’s why. At the start of the season, Pirates management determined that it would best for the team if Marte was the center fielder and McCutchen in right field. What’s changed? Seems to me that this decision is a reaction and a punishment to Marte for the 80-game suspension. By doing this, the organization is punishing the entire team not just Marte. Bad move.

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Hurdle Getting Questioned for Bullpen Decison

Last night’s 9-5 loss to Chicago is one of those games that could sting and linger for awhile.

The Pirates were three outs away from an impressive come from behind win before the bullpen and in particular Juan Nicasio blew the game.

Blown saves are always tough but last nights included circumstances that have Pirate fans calling for the head of Clint Hurdle.

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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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Pirates Rebound and Split Series With Marlins

After getting outscored 19-8 and outhit 32-17 in the first two games of the series, it looked like this was going to real long weekend vs. the Marlins at PNC Park.

However, that’s why sports are hard to predict because the last two games, the Pirates looked like a totally different team.

Yesterday, Clint Hurdle’s team showed heart by overcoming three Marlins leads to earn a 7-6 win.

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Hurdle Changes His Mind, Plus News on Taillon

During his pre-game gathering with the media, manager Clint Hurdle dropped a few pieces of interesting information regarding the current roster.

First thing, Hurdle says that Jameson Taillon will return to the starting rotation next week. At this point, no public decision was announced as to who Taillon will replace in the starting five. Barring either Ivan Nova or Gerrit Cole going to the disabled list, the decision will come down to either Tyler Glasnow or Chad Kuhl.

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Perrotto: Time Has Arrived to Try Rivero as Closer

Tony Watson undoubtedly played a significant — if, at times, unheralded — role in the Pirates making three consecutive postseason appearances from 2013-15 while ending their record string of 20 consecutive losing seasons

Serving as a set-up man to Jason Grilli, then Mark Melancon, Watson had a spectacular three-year run than included a 1.97 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in 222 games and 224 1/3 innings.

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