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March 29, 2015
by Rob Biertempfel


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The secret of Searage’s success

  LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — As I was reading Travis Sawchik’s piece today in the Trib about the Pirates’ success pitching to the lower portion of the strike zone, I recalled a conversation I had earlier this spring with a …

March 23, 2015
by Travis Sawchik


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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Can the Pirates win it all?

BRADENTON, Fla. – So this happened last week: Playoff predictions: AL Orioles, Indians, Mariners; DET, NYY. NL Nationals, Pirates, Dodgers; Cardinals, Marlins. PIT to win WS over SEA. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) March 20, 2015 Yes, an objective national baseball reporter, …

March 18, 2015
by Travis Sawchik


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One seat left … or is there?

BRADENTON, Fla. – Asked about the final rotation battle on Tuesday between Jeff Locke and Vance Worley, Clint Hurdle declined to answer and then revealed the other 80 percent of his starting rotation. Francisco Liriano will start the opener on April …

March 11, 2015
by Travis Sawchik


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Urgent (Cole) Care: the Price or Harden trajectory?

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The pain in the back-side of his shoulder scared Gerrit Cole last season. He missed 70 days on the disabled list. The Pirates cannot afford to have their burgeoning ace miss another 70 games in 2015. But it was …

March 3, 2015
by Travis Sawchik


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March bubble watch: Locke or Worley?

SOUTH HILLS – Assuming Charlie Morton is ready to go, and the top three elbows and shoulders in the starting rotation are healthy, the most meaningful spring competition is for the fifth spot between Jeff Locke and Vance Worley. Worley and …

 
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