The Pittsburgh Pirates are sailing through their last road trip of the season. They are in Denver tonight as part of a three-game set with the Colorado Rockies.
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The crew of the Jolly Roger own an 11-10 mark for the month of September and stay four games behind the first place St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central Division.
Clint Hurdle’s squad is 40-35 away from PNC Park this season and they have won their last three consecutive match-ups. it’s now time to fire up our browser and check some of the more recent reports about the Buccos from around the internet.
Charlie Wilmoth at Bucs Dugout on SB Nation has the unfortunate news that former Pirates prospect Walter Young passed away of a heart attack at the age of 35.
Rumbunter‘s Jason Rollinson reminds us that Andrew McCutchen has had eight walks in his last three contests. It leads Jason to wonder, “Will Cutch ever get another pitch to hit for the rest of the season?”
Andrew Hodgson at the Pittsburgh Sporting News takes a look at the speed that Keon Broxton adds to the Pirates outfield and bench to help close out the season.
Pat Lackey from the Where Have You Gone Andy Van Slyke blog has crunched the numbers, and has come to the conclusion that whoever is in first place when the Pirates Vs. Cardinals series wraps up next week will capture the division title.
Zachary D. Rymer at Bleacher Report rates the Top 20 catchers in the Majors. He has the Pirates’ Francisco Cervelli at No. 10 overall. Cervelli’s reputation as an outstanding strike framer serves the team well.
Let’s discover where the guru’s around cyberspace placed the Pirates in their latest MLB Power Rankings.
Bleacher Report – This Week #4 / Last Week #1 – Joel Reuter appreciates how the team succeeded against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. His keen eye taps Neil Walker as the Bucs’ Hitter of the Week and Francisco Liriano as the Pitcher of the Week.
ESPN – This week #4 / Last Week #4 – David Schoenfield of the SweetSpot feels the greatest challenge facing the Pirates is not the Cardinals or Cubs. He thinks it is the loss of Jung Ho Kang for the rest of the season.
FOX Sports – This Week #2 / Last Week #3 – Craig Goldstein has a proposal for Major League Baseball’s Rob Manfred. He would like to see the seeding of the playoffs be based on each team’s overall record and not the current divisional winners.
New York Daily News – This Week #2 / Last Week #2 – Anthony McCarron has Pittsburgh holding steady in the No. 2 spot. He points out that the Pirates are 34-17 in one-run games which is the best in the majors.
SI.com – This Week #3 / Last Week #2 – The eight voters at Sports Illustrated still do not agree to move the Pirates up this week. They prefer the Cubs and the Blue Jays.
USA Today – This Week #2 / Last Week #2 – The staff at USA Today believe in the Pirates bullpen and righthander Mark Melancon. The 30-year-old closer recorded his 48th save which is now the team record for saves in a single season.
Where would you place the Pirates right now? Let your fellow fans and I know in the comments section below.