The Pittsburgh Pirates (21-17) take on the Baltimore Orioles (24-13) on Friday night at Camden Yards in the first of three games. First pitch tonight is at 7:05 PM.
The Pirates are sending out Johan Oviedo (2-3, 5.59) for his eighth start of the season. He will be going up against right-handed pitcher Kyle Bradish (1-1, 5.95), who is making his sixth start.
Here are some links from today and the off-day yesterday. If anything else comes up before the game, we will add the link/notes below.
**Prospect Watch: Sean Sullivan Has Another Good Start, Bradenton Rallies to Win
**Chase De Jong cleared waivers and has been assigned to Indianapolis. We will see if he decides to report.
**Minor Moves: Noe Toribio to the Injured List; Brad Case Returns to Altoona
**Pirates Sign LHP Ryan Borucki to a Minor League Deal
**Luis Ortiz Could Benefit From a Heavy Slider Approach
**Pirates Prospects Daily: Alessandro Ercolani is Off to a Strong Start in May
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We suck again.
Well, we’ll always have April. I feel like Rick at the train station when Ilsa doesn’t show up.
I was losing faith in DUJ. He was making me look bad by pitching well too often lately. But he’s back on track now.
Hey statscbl! Sure hope your jinx worked!
Well, Jobu was stronger!
Joe Joe Joe Joe GOOOOOOO Joe
time to call up Selby and push underwood off the plank
Bottom of 8th is looking worse and worse with every hit the Pirates get in the 9th. 🤬🤬🤬
Underwood = terrible
Orioles announcers fascinated and focused on the bird bath = ridiculous
Walk the guy ahead of the guy who needs a homer for the cycle. Then leave DUJR in to ensure the feared outcome becomes reality.
Hope nobody gets offended when Wilbur drags Sheldon’s name through the mud in the postgame recap article.
I still think Shelty is a dud…..change my mind, lol
Hell, Hayes can play SS better than Castro!
Castro can play second decently and can hit lefties decently. Otherwise he is a total waste. Hayes would probably be a good SS if given the chance.
I must have taken some crazy pills, but I think the best defensive options for shortstop is Cheng in high A.
Looks like Andujar borrowed Hedges’ swing
With a real SS that’s a double play.
Marcano would have had that Rudy
I better go re-rank my Pirate shortstops.
What if I would have said Owings or Cruz, lol
So bottom of the 7, heart of the order and we send a rule 5 guy out there?????
In fairness, his arm’s better than everyone but Holderman and Bednar.
9th hitter due up first, not exactly heart of the order. Lefty, lefty, switch hitter are the first three up, so a lefty is not a bad choice.
Heart of the order in todays game are the first two hitters, their best two hitters are Mullen and Rauchtman, I think is a bit much to ask a rookie.
Hernandez has been good. I have a larger issue with not getting someone who could play shortstop.
Rule 5 Guy has pitched very well.
I’ve watch the games!
Next time Bae attempts to steal second, he needs to go in spikes first.
Is Hyde bringing a position player in to face Hedges, lol.
Joes xDAWG 📈
All is forgiven. He knew he should have caught that ball. Nice makeup!
Joe giveth and Joe taketh away. He’s even on the day.
and the Pirates win 9 out of 10, then lose 9 out of 10. I am going to quit getting too high or low and just watch Seinfeld’s “Even Steven” episode again.
A bit on the wild side, but aside from that, Moreta has been a relevation.
I feel like moretas stuff almost plays up since hes a little wild
I really like Moreta and Hernandez.
Speak of the devil, Mr. Rule 5 Guy is warming….
Bad outfield play + bad catching play = bad baseball
It helps to have elite outfield defense when you can’t score runs.
Joe should have caught that ball. Gutless to start his slide before he even got to the foul line.
You have to remember how many visiting RF have the same reaction to The Clemente Wall too.
Yeah and what’s with stopping on the play to point to the foul line. The amount of time that took might have nailed Mullins at third.
Exactly! But if he’d caught it, he wouldn’t have it the HR 🙂
Is that two triples to joe in RF tonight?
Damn tough night at the dish for cutch
I think earler in the year Cutch just tried to get on base and move runners over, as a result the ball went over the fence a few times. Now that we are slumping, I think he might be trying to do too much.
Pirates bats are slumping so bad.. I don’t know if there’s any positive stats underlying that suggests there’s been tough luck or not but it’s really never easy to win any games if you require the starter to pitch scoreless games…
I would hope our avg with RISP is not sustainable but its not like we are hitting a bunch of bullets right at guys…
Again lost confidence in our hitting coach
I think the Buster Posey rule needs to be revisited. The rule protects the catcher, but any throw that pulls the catcher in the baseline puts the runner at risk. Btw, that is where the intent of the throw is usually going.
Time to manufacture a run here. Hedges needs to advance Bae to 3rd at the very least.
Bradish looking to easily improve his ERA. I think I’m gonna give this game until the 4th.
Hope youre still around!
The Orioles have a 29 year old reliever from Cuba named Yennier Cano. I would say he has shown some improvement from last year.
2022 18 ip 26 hits 16 walks 23 earned runs
2023 19 ip 3 hits 0 walks 0 earned runs
hottest arm in baseball.
I’m sure this has been mentioned, but thank you for moving the Latest section to the top of the homepage!
Let’s go Bucs!
For a second there I thought we were gonna see another Rich Hill play,on a comebacker to the Pitcher……
Two good pitches to get ahead 0-2 and then a meatball, then a 4 pitch walk………
lets go bucs!
I haven’t watch much of the games lately, does Marcano look ok at Shortstop? Statistically, and my eye test, says Castro and Bae are not options there except for an occasional appearance. The little bit I have seen of Marcano would suggest he may be ok there, for now.
From my eye test, I rank those three in order of their defense at shortstop. 1) Castro, 2) Marcano, 3) Bae. Others may disagree.
Castro does have 6 errors at Shortstop so far this year, seems like a lot.
I meant he looks better than the other 2, not counting those 6 errors. 🙂
Raise your hand if you were one of us who was thinking about this Orioles team and what they accomplished from 2021 to 2022……a 31-game improvement! Astounding! Yeah, it crossed my mind for Bucs 2022 to 2023…….but then I quickly woke up from my dream.
“which is what it was 🎵”
any keller fans out there?
And it looked like the O’s punted the offseason, yet now they’re better still. They’ve probably hit on some new theory, like finding good players.
Drafting and Player Development…
So that’s an option? Damn!
Sounds like witchcraft to me.
Maybe hold them to a touchdown and a field goal.
I’m ready for some LH bats to come alive and start pounding the ball.
Frazier batting 5th for the O’s. Interesting. I’m ready for some better RISP. So far the RISPY April has been so much better than the May RISP (or the 2020-22 versions).
Always happy to see old friends still getting work.
Which Oviedo we are getting today, the ground ball inducing strike out machine or the home run prone/ big inning guy?
Hmmmmm….. I’ll take the ground out inducing strikeout machine please 😁
Good choice, a man capable of making the hard choices!
I am as impressed with joe’s start as anyone, but doesnt he hammer lefties and just ok against righties? Feel like hes being stretched beyond his platoon or partial player limits
I brought that exact point a few games back. The problem is who should play against RH pitchers? CSN wasn’t it, Cal and Travis are not it…..Palacios?
check his career splits by month and you will see that he will turn into a pumpkin by august
Perfect should be ready to carve for halloween then!
The Pirates are going to be alright. They just need to get Hedges’ bat going. . . . I think I just threw up in my mouth.
Well baltimore’s lineup is deep and pen is solid but their SP has been shaky so we will need to jump on their starters to take the series.
Side note: kinda fun that I would confidently roll keller out there against most any lineup and expect a QS! Would be fun for him to take home a series win sunday with him on the bump
Would be fun not to get swept
please don’t suck anymore Buccos
It should be noted that the Bucs were on a 9-1 streak immediately before their current 1-9 streak. So that’s 10-10…..about all we should really expect out of this team. Yeah it’s been a roller coaster ride thru the first month and a half, would prefer some consistency, but it is what it is based on the roster (and coaching) that BC and Shelton put out there from night to night. Still it’s mind-boggling to see the bottom drop out from a team that was 1st in Runs (154), first in extra base hits (102), 1st in slugging (.456), 1st in stolen bases (39) and 1st in RISP (.312) before they hit a brick wall.
One of the more bizarre starts in memory.
we do have a number of streaky players
so maybe this is expected
but on the other hand 9-1 was against crappy teams and 1-9 was against good teams
The 9-1 was a series win over the Dodgers. Earlier, the Pirates won a series against the Astros and swept the Red Sox at Boston.
Well, 6 of those losses at least. The other 3 were against the Nats and Rocks.