Thursday, May 28, 2015

THE BULLPEN

     I don't care if I ever get back! Your Pittsburgh Pirates take their show on the road as they open a 4-game series in San Diego tonight against the Padres. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)With yesterday's 5-2 comeback win over the Marlins, the Pirates have swept back-to-back series and have won 6 straight. #7 would be great! 2)This is the first times since 2013, when the Bucs were on their way to a 9-game winning streak, that the Pirates have reeled off 6 straight. Bring us more with some Hit, Run, & Score! 3)The Pirates put RH AJ Burnett and his 4-1 record and 1.37 ERA, on the bump. The Padres counter with RH Ian Kennedy, 2-4, 6.11 ERA. In AJ you have the pitcher with the best ERA in the Majors. In Kennedy you have a pitcher with one of the worst ERAs. Score early, score often, score BIG! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

THE BULLPEN

     Let's play two! Your Pittsburgh Pirates wrap up their series against the Miami Marlins with a matinee today at PNC Park. These are your keys for this afternoon's game. 1)The Bucs will start RH Gerrit Cole, 6-2, 2.05 ERA. Cole looks to pick up where he left off with his last outing. In that 4-1 win over the Mets, he went 8.1 innings, giving up just 1 unearned run on 6 hits with 1 walk and 10 strikeouts. All aboard the Cole Train for another Pirates win! 2)With last night's 5-1 victory, the Pirates have won 5 straight. #6 would be great! 3)Much has been said, rightfully so, about the masterful pitching during the Pirates winning streak. Don't forget the offense who have outscored the opposition 30-7 during this run. You gotta believe and you gotta Hit, Run, & Score! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

THE BLACK-N-GOLD NEWS

     Extra, extra, read all about it! Mrs. Black-N-Gold brings you the latest news on all the Black-N-Gold happenings of the Pirates, Steelers and Penguins. Stop the presses for The Black-N-Gold News.


                                         THE BLACK-N-GOLD NEWS

The Pirates-Our Buccos opened a homestand this week with a 2-game, interleague series against the Minnesota Twins. Unfortunately, things did not go well for the Pirates in that series as they dropped both games. LH Francisco Liriano only lasted 2 innings, surrendering 7 runs against his former team. Following an off-day, the New York Mets came to town and the Pirates found their groove. They swept the Mets back to New York, outscoring them 21-4. Starters Gerrit Cole, AJ Burnett and Liriano all recorded at least 10 strikeouts in each of their outings, the first time that's happened for the Bucs since '69. The Pirates also made some roster moves this week. They called up OF Jose Tabata and optioned RH Wilfredo Boscan back to Indy. They also transferred INF Justin Sellers from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. One more roster move was made yesterday as RH Charlie Morton was reinstated from the DL and RH Radhames Liz was DFA'd. The Pirates are now 1 game under .500 and in 3rd place in the NL Central, looking to make a move. Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

The Steelers-The Steelers made a roster move of their own this week. They claimed QB/WR Devin Gardner, a former Michigan Wolverine, off waivers from the New England Patriots. The Steelers also continue with offseason workouts as they ready for more OTAs on the South Side this week. Several Steelers past and present were in attendance at PNC Park last week as the Pirates paid tribute to recently-retired S Troy Polamalu. Classy move. Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!

The Penguins-Still not much going down with our Penguins as they ready for next month's draft. The big news in the NHL last week was that former Detroit Red Wings Coach Mike Babcock, a Stanley Cup winner, has landed behind Toronto's bench for the coming seasons. That should put an end to the Babcock-to-Pittsburgh talk. There is also word that the Pens may seek compensation in the form of a draft pick if/when former Head Coach Dan Bylsma gets a new gig. The Pens did not seek compensation when former GM Ray Shero recently signed on as New Jersey's GM. Disco Dan is rumored to be in the running for the coaching job in San Jose and Buffalo. Buffalo has 2 1st round picks in the upcoming draft and may be willing to part with their 2nd 1st rounder. That would be good for the Pens as they don't have a pick until the 4th round. Let's Go Pens!!!



THE BULLPEN

    We want a pitcher, not a belly-itcher! Your Pittsburgh Pirates continue their series with the Miami Marlins tonight at PNC Park. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)LH Jeff Locke, 2-2, 5.28 ERA will start for the Bucs. The Marlins haven't announced their starter yet. Locke needs to continue the run of excellent starting pitching the Pirates have enjoyed lately. Locke down a W! 2)Last night, the top of the lineup was a combined 0 for 11. That just won't do. We need some Hit, Run & Score outta you! 3)Thanks to last night's 4-2 win, the Pirates have won 4 straight. #5 would be great! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

THE BULLPEN

     Root, root, root for the home team! Your Pittsburgh Pirates begin a 3-game set tonight versus the Miami Marlins at PNC Park. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)With yesterday's 9-1 mauling of the Mets to complete the sweep, the Pirates outscored NY 21-4 in the 3 game series. We want more Hit, Run, & Score! 2)It's not all about the hitting, though. For the first time since '69, the Pirates had 3 starters throw for 10 strikeouts or better in 3 straight games. Cole Train and AJ registered 10, respectively and Frankie fanned 12 yesterday. RH Charlie Morton makes his season-debut today and looks to join the fray. Grind 'em up, Ground Chuck! 3)At 21-22, the Pirates can get back to .500 tonight with a win as they quietly move up the NL Central ladder where they're in 3rd place, 6.5 games in back of St Louie. The Marlins carry the worst record in the NL at 18-27, .400. Sink the Fish! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

THE BULLPEN

     The crack of the bat, the thrill of the hit! Your Pittsburgh Pirates wrap up their series against the New York Mets this afternoon. These are your keys for today's game. 1)The Pirates look to do a little house cleaning and send the Mets packing. The Pirates have beaten the Mets 2 straight. #3 would be great! 2)It's a lefty matchup as the Mets start Jonathon Niese, 3-4, 3.72 ERA. He'll face Francisco Liriano, 1-4, 4.15 ERA. Both southpaws are coming off dreadful starts. Last time out for Niese, he yielded 8 runs on 11 hits in 5 plus innings of a 10-2 loss to St Louie. Frankie lasted just 2 innings, giving up 7 runs in an 8-5 loss to Minnesota. We need another stellar pitching performance today. Frankie needs to be filthy! 3)The Mets have lost 6 in a row on the road. The Pirates have scored 12 runs in the past 2 games. Give 'em more with the ol' Hit, Run, & Score! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

THE BULLPEN

   Hey batter, batter, batter, batter! Your Pittsburgh Pirates continue their series with the New York Mets at PNC Park today. These are your keys for today's game. 1)Todays game is another terrific pitching match-up. We have Gotham's Superman, RH Matt Harvey, 5-1, 1.98 ERA going toe-to-toe with Pittsburgh's Batman, RH AJ Burnett, 3-1, 1.38 ERA. Harvey hasn't surrendered a run in 16 innings. AJ is having a season for the ages, giving up just 8 earned runs in 8 starts this season. The Dark Knight returns! 2)Last night the Bucs found the win column and raised the Jolly Roger. They defeated the Mets 4-1, and boy, that game had everything. It featured an outstanding pitching performance from Gerrit Cole as he scattered 6 hits, giving up just one run, over 8 1/3 innings, striking out 10 batters. The Pirates defense was in the house, they turned not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 double plays. And the Bucco bats awoke from their slumber with some timely hitting. It was a complete team victory and the Pirates need more games like this. They've won 4 of AJ's last 5 starts. We want more, Hit, Run, & Score! 3)NL Central-leading St Louie has dropped 2 straight. The Pirates leap-frogged Cincy last night for sole possession of 3rd place, 7 1/2 games back. Now is the time to make a move and attack! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!