Pittsburgh Pirates

Cody Flavell - Jun 1, 2023

Oneil Cruz‘s injury on Easter Sunday put an early season damper on an exciting start for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Cruz was expected to be a big part of the Pirates’ offense in his first full season. That dream ended abruptly. Pittsburgh has spun the wheel trying to find a guy to stay at shortstop and […]

Cody Flavell - May 8, 2023

What a difference a week can make, am I right? In this space last week, the Pittsburgh Pirates were flying high sitting atop the National League. Monday morning, the Pirates were in the midst of a seven-game losing streak. Through all of this, the Pirates still find themselves in first place in the National League […]

Cody Flavell - May 3, 2023

One of the most fantastic things in sports is when a hometown kid has success with his hometown team. When the San Diego Padres drafted closer David Bednar in the 35th round of the 2016 MLB Draft, he was shipped to the other side of the country. As fate would have it, Bednar would return […]

Cody Flavell - May 1, 2023

Heading into 2023, the Pittsburgh Pirates gained steam nationally as a team that would at least be fun to watch. Through one month of the season, no one could’ve seen this coming. At the end of April, the Pirates stand alone at the top of the National League Central. They’re the only team in the […]

Cody Flavell - Apr 26, 2023

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Jason Delay spent much of last season on the big league club. The Pirates were 100-game losers last season. It was an ugly year. They’ve been one of the best stories in baseball this season, with a 16-8 record through the first 24 games. Delay gave a response as to what the most […]

Bryan Reynolds
Justin Merrlles - Apr 25, 2023

The Pittsburgh Pirates have extended star player Bryan Reynolds to an 8-year deal. The news came from baseball insider Jeff Passan. This extension will be the largest contract in the teams’ history.  “Outfielder Bryan Reynolds and the Pittsburgh Pirates are in agreement on an eight-year, $106.75 million contract that includes a club option and does not have […]

Cody Flavell - Apr 24, 2023

Don’t look now, but the Pittsburgh Pirates are on a seven-game winning streak and sit in first place in the National League Central. Pirate fans haven’t been treated to much success in the past few seasons. It’s time to let them have their moment, even if it ends up short-lived. The last time we met […]

Cody Flavell - Apr 23, 2023

In a move that correlates well with the Pittsburgh Pirates‘ hot start, the team and manager Derek Shelton agreed on a contract extension on Saturday. Terms of the contract were not made available to the public. Shelton’s contract was due to expire after the 2023 season. While this news isn’t a total shock, Shelton was […]

Cody Flavell - Apr 19, 2023

The starting pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates was not considered a strength heading into this season. 18 games in, though, it may be the biggest strength for them so far. Vince Velasquez tossed the literal definition of a quality start on Tuesday night. He went six innings and allowed three earned runs. This marked the […]

Ji-Hwan Bae and Andrew McCutchen discuss in Pirates dugout
Cody Flavell - Apr 17, 2023

Behind two dazzling starts from Johan Oviedo and some exciting moments from Ji-Hwan Bae, the Pittsburgh Pirates still hold a winning record 16 games into the season. At 9-7, they sit tied for second in the National League Central. They played to a 3-4 record this week in their first week without Oneil Cruz in […]

Cody Flavell - Apr 10, 2023

Thanks in large part to Bryan Reynolds and Oneil Cruz, the Pittsburgh Pirates are off to a 6-3 start to the season. Unfortunately, the Pirates won’t have Cruz’s services for a while. The Buccos went into Fenway Park and proceeded to sweep the Boston Red Sox. Over the weekend, they came home for their opening […]

Mitch Keller pitches at Fenway Park
Cody Flavell - Apr 6, 2023

2023 is all about growth for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They currently sit at 4-2 before playing a single game in the friendly confines of PNC Park. While it is only six games, fans around Pittsburgh are already starting to feel that something might be just a tad bit different with this team. “Bucco Fever” if […]

Cody Flavell - Apr 3, 2023

Opening weekend has come and gone around the major leagues. Thus, the first in-season edition of “Bucco Blasts” is here. The weekend wasn’t entirely fruitful for the Pittsburgh Pirates as they lost two out of three against the Cincinnati Reds. However, the Pirates did get their first Opening Day victory since 2018 on Thursday. Despite […]

Pirates predictions
Cody Flavell - Mar 30, 2023

The Pittsburgh Pirates will kick off their season against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday at 4:10 p.m. There is a sense of excitement for what’s to come in Pittsburgh this summer. Their fans are yearning for meaningful summer baseball. Even if they don’t make the playoffs, a step toward contention and staying within the thick of the […]

Cody Flavell - Mar 23, 2023

Welcome to my new weekly piece called “Bucco Blasts.” In this space, I’ll take a weekly look at some of the pressing issues, storylines, triumphs, and more dealing with the Pittsburgh Pirates. This week’s edition focuses on the Pirates spring training thus far. If you’re unfamiliar with the Pirates’ offseason before reading this, let’s catch […]

Cody Flavell - Mar 18, 2023

In 2018, the Pittsburgh Pirates made outfielder Travis Swaggerty their first-round pick. Swaggerty was drafted 10th overall and played his college ball at the University of South Alabama. Upon being drafted, Swaggerty was lauded as the best college bat in his class. Heading into the draft, he was described as having raw power that hadn’t […]

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Draft Targets For the Angels
Brandon Hillhouse - Mar 18, 2023

Draft targets for any team can be challenging. This year the Los Angeles Angels have the 11th pick. The Angels could go a few different ways. Based on how Perry Minasian has drafted in years prior, here are a few possible draftees. Matt Shaw, Shortstop – Maryland Perry Minasian generally likes college-level players who can […]

Patrick Sheehan - Mar 18, 2023

Charlee Soto is one of the hardest-throwing high school pitchers in the country. After appearances at events like the PDP League MLB’s High School All-American Game, he drew plenty of attention for the right reasons. While committed to the University of Central Florida, he will forego that opportunity as he’s a projected first-round prospect in July’s […]

Brandon Hillhouse - Mar 18, 2023

The Los Angeles Angels bullpen has had an influx of young fireballers in the last few days, which is good since the bullpen has been a mess in the first 50 games. The bullpen has been very disappointing outside of Matt Moore (currently on the IL) and closer Carlos Estévez. Surprisingly, though the Angels are […]

Dylan Crews is one of the most feared hitters on the amateur baseball scene. Crews was a potential first round draft pick in 2020 but chose to take his name out of the draft after things shut down due to COVID-19. Since his arrival in Baton Rouge, he’s done nothing but great things. With a […]

Worst record

The worst record in baseball right now belongs to the Oakland Athletics. They’re on pace for a historically bad season, winning just 10 of their first 50 games in 2023. No other team has suffered more losses in a season than the 1899 Cleveland Spiders, who went 20-134, becoming the only team to reach the […]

Tim Stewart - Mar 18, 2023

After discovering lumps in his neck back in June of 2022, Chicago White Sox closer Liam Hendriks was diagnosed with Stage 4 non-Hodgkins lymphoma in early December of 2022. A clean blood test back in June discouraged doctors from believing it was cancer. Shortly after, Hendriks received a PET scan, which revealed that he in […]

Brandon Willman - Mar 18, 2023

To watch a team for four, going on five, straight seasons end with a losing record takes a toll on the viewer. Luckily, per MLB rules, every team is represented in the yearly All-Star Game. With or without that rule, the 2023 Colorado Rockies likely will have multiple players repping the team come game time […]

I get it. It’s the most devastating news any baseball fan can wake up to find. An injury to your team’s star player. And in the case of the Los Angeles Angels, a Mike Trout injury. Per OPS+, Mike Trout has been the best hitter on the planet since debuting on July 8th, 2011 with […]