Wednesday, September 2, 2015

THE BULLPEN

     Shlemiel, schlemazel! Your Pittsburgh Pirates continue their series in Milwaukee tonight as they battle the Brewers. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)Following last night's 7-4 loss, the Pirates have dropped 2 straight. #3 would not be great. Right the ship and raise the Jolly Roger! 2)Last night's loss coupled with St Louie's win now puts the Bucs at 6 back in the NL Central. Don't look now but the Cubbies are 4.5 back in the Wild Card, too. The Buccos look to get back in the win column as they start lefty Jeff Locke, 7-8, 4.46 ERA. Locke continues to fight for his spot in the rotation and help the Pirates avoid their first 3-game losing streak in 6 weeks. Time to shine! 3)The Bucs will face Brewers rookie R Zach Davies. Give him a big welcome to the Bigs. Hit him early, hit him often, hit him HARD with some Hit, Run, & Score! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

THE BULLPEN

     Sunday, Monday, happy days! Your Pittsburgh Pirates take their show on the road to Milwaukee to battle their division rivals the Brewers in the first of a 3-game series tonight. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)Last time the Buccos visited Milwaukee, the Brewers swept them out of town. At 79-50 the Pirates have one of the best records in baseball. With a 55-75 record, Milwaukee has one of the worst. You have to beat the good teams and beat up the bad ones. Give 'em a big mug o' Hit, Run, & Score! 2)The Pirates shuffled the rotation a little bit so that RH Gerrit Cole, 15-7, 2.44 ERA starts tonight. This also leaves Cole ready to pitch Sunday night in St Louie. Don't look too far ahead. Watch out for the trap series here. Ride the Cole Train to victory! 3)Milwaukee starts RH Jimmy Nelson, 10-10, 3.81 ERA. Nelson is another one of those mediocre pitchers that has the Bucs' number. It doesn't help that the Pirates are also 21-29 vs NL Central opponents. If you want to win the division, you have to beat the division. TCB, Take Care of Business! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!


Monday, August 31, 2015

THE BLACK-N-GOLD NEWS

     Stop the presses, stop the presses! Mrs. Black-N-Gold has been burning the midnight oil to bring you the all the up-to-the-minute info on your favorite Black-N-Gold teams, the Pirates, Steelers and Penguins. Yes, Black-N-Gold fans it's time for the latest edition of The Black-N-Gold News.


                                           THE BLACK-N-GOLD NEWS

PIRATES

Our Pirates began the week in the win column as they sank the Miami Marlins 5-2. Congrats to CF Andrew McCutchen who celebrated another milestone in this one, playing his 1000th career game. Congrats, Cutch. May you play your next 1000 games in the Black-N-Gold!

On Tuesday, the Buccos dropped game 2 to the Fish by the same score of 5-2. Also, INF Pedro Florimon cleared waivers and was assigned to Triple A Indy.

Wednesday, the Bucs came back to raise the Jolly Roger in a 7-2 victory. They took the series on Thursday by edging Miami 2-1. There was also an announcement that former 1st round pick, SS Cole Tucker, had shoulder surgery. He is expected to be out for up to a year. Get well soon, Cole!

Friday the Pirates returned home to PNC where they opened a 3-game set with the Colorado Rockheads, taking the opener 5-3. The Pirates also picked up the win on Saturday night by a score of 4-3.

The Pirates announced that the August 3rd rainout with the Chicago Cubbies would be made up as part of a day/night doubleheader on September 15. A chance to beat our division rivals twice in one day.

Unfortunately, the Bucs weren't able to clean house yesterday, as they were blanked by the Rockheads 5-0.

They're off today as they take their show on the road to Milwaukee where they open a 3-game series with the Brewers on Tuesday. You can't win the division if you don't beat the teams in the division. Go out and kick Brewer butt. Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

STEELERS

Our Steelers continued to shuffle their roster as injuries have piled up during the preseason. WR David Nelson was placed on the Reserve/Injured List. The Steelers brought back OL Doug Legursky to help the O-Line. Also, QB Bruce Gradkowski had surgery on a finger to his non-throwing hand. Ultimately, Gradkowski was placed on IR due to a shoulder that kept him on the PUP list at the start of training camp. This could be the end of Gradkowski's career in Black-N-Gold, especially on the heals of QB Michael Vick signing a contract.

Mrs. Black-N-Gold has heard many different sides regarding the controversial signing of Vick. Of course the heinous crimes that he committed are wrong and he certainly deserved to be punished. That being said, the man did do the time and seems apologetic for his actions. He has even continued to work with animal-rescue organizations long after his court-mandated requirements. However, Mrs. Black-N-Gold just didn't agree with this signing from a football standpoint. He's 35 years old and his best days are clearly behind him. Of course then Vick makes Mrs. Black-N-Gold look wrong by throwing a 65-yard TD pass to WR Martavis Bryant (more on him later) in the Buffalo game on Saturday. All I know is if it gets to the point that Vick is in the starting lineup, then the Steelers are in trouble because that will mean that QB Ben Roethlisberger is hurt. Vick may be able to step in for Ben in a pinch but I sincerely doubt that Black-N-Gold Nation wants to see Vick under center for the better part of the season.

The Steelers received more news from the Commissioner's office this week as Bryant was handed a 4-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. It was ultimately revealed that Bryant had failed at least 4 previous tests for marijuana usage. Bryant is expected to appeal his suspension once he finishes his bag of Doritos.

Word came this week that C Maurkice Pouncey may miss at least 10 games this season due to the injury he suffered in the Green Bay game. The Steelers may place him on the IR/Return List.

Finally, the Steelers did play another exhibition game this week, although you couldn't tell it by the scoreboard, dropping this one to Buffalo by an embarrassing score of 43-19. They also lost K Garrett Hartley to a hammy in the process. No word yet on the extent of the injury.

The Steelers play their final preseason game on Thursday in Carolina. Typically, the starters make only cameos in this one as they get ready for the regular season. We'll see if they can stay healthy and improve their performance. Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!

PENGUINS

Our Penguins have signed F Tom Sestito to a tryout contract. Sestito is known as a goon in NHL circles and may be they man that can stand up to the likes of the Philly Cryers this season if he makes the team.

Pens Coach Mike Johnston made some remarks this week regarding the lines that he'll try in training camp. Coach wants to put Phil Kessel on Sidney Crosby's line and Patric Hornqvist on Evegeni Malkin's. Of course that doesn't mean that anything is etched in stone or even in ice, for that matter. We'll see how things shake out as the season draws nearer. Let's Go Pens!!!



Sunday, August 30, 2015

THE BULLPEN

     Root, root, root for the home team! Your Pittsburgh Pirates wrap up their homestand with this afternoon's finale against the Colorado Rockheads. These are your keys for today's game. 1)
With last night's 4-3 win the Pirates are now 79-49, a season-best 30 games over .500. Win, raise, repeat! 2)The Bucs will face another lefty as Colorado starts Jorge De La Rosa, 7-6, 4.61 ERA. Hit him early, hit him often, hit him HARD with some Hit, Run, & Score! 3)The Buccos will have RH Charlie Morton, 8-5, 4.20 ERA on the mound. Grind 'em up, Ground Chuck! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

THE BULLPEN

     Bases are loaded and Casey's at bat! Your Pittsburgh Pirates continue their series with the Colorado Rockheads tonight at PNC Park. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)Thanks to last night's 5-3 win over the Rockheads, the Pirates are 20-4 vs. the NL West. Show them who's best! 2)It's a battle of lefties tonight as the Rockheads start Chris Rusin, 4-6, 4.97 ERA. In Rusin's last start, a 14-9 loss to the Mets, he didn't make it to the 3rd inning and surrendered 11 runs on 12 hits. Break out the Hit, Run, & Score, Buccos! 3)The Pirates go with JA Happ, 6-7, 4.21 ERA. Happ has looked anything but Happless of late, giving up just 1 run in his last 17 1/3 innings. Happy Happ Day! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Friday, August 28, 2015

THE BULLPEN

     The crack of the bat, the thrill of the hit! Your Pittsburgh Pirates return to the friendly confines of PNC Park tonight as they open a 3-game series with the Colorado Rockheads. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)Rockheads rookie RH Jon Gray, 0-0, 5.94 ERA faces Pirates LH Francisco Liriano, 9-6, 3.23 ERA. The Bucs have won Frankie's last 10 starts. #11 would be heaven! 2)The Rockheads are an awful 24-38 on the road. The Buccos are a stellar 44-20 at PNC. There's no place like home! 3)With last night's 2-1 topping of Miami, the Pirates have won 2 straight. We need more. Hit, Run, & Score! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!


Thursday, August 27, 2015

THE BULLPEN

     Yes, I am a pirate two hundred years too late! Your Pittsburgh Pirates wrap up their series in Miami tonight as they look to sink the Fish. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)With last night's 7-2 sinking of the Marlins, the Pirates can capture the series tonight. Find the win column and raise the Jolly Roger! 2)RH Gerrit Cole, 14-7, 2.49 ERA gets the start tonight for the Bucs. Cole is still 0-for-August as he continues to pursue his 15th win. All aboard the Cole Train for a W! 3)Miami goes with another lefty in Justin Nicolino, 2-1, 3.77 ERA. Yesterday's formula for a win seemed to work. Hit him early, hit him often, hit him HARD with more Hit, Run, & Score! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!