Smizik on Sports

Smizik on Sports

Bob Smizik: Was 8-0 loss Martin’s last game?

A terrific season; a lousy ending.

about 2 hours ago

Bob Smizik: Matching up Pirates-Giants

Postseason baseball is back in Pittsburgh for a second straight season and once again it is one-and-done for the loser.

about 21 hours ago

 Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neil Huntington.

Bob Smizik: How a winner was built

Even since Neal Huntington came on board as general manager of the Pirates, the message delivered was loud, clear and simple.

1 day ago

 If the Steelers have a losing season, a distinct possibility, Bob Smizik writes, the clock on Mike Tomlin's job might start ticking in 2015.

Bob Smizik: When does clock start ticking on Tomlin?

Nobody asked me, but . . .

2 days ago

Bob Smizik: Steelers stunned and humiliated

What was widely expected to be a laugher, turned out to be a crier -- and the joke’s on the Steelers.

3 days ago

Bob Smizik: Morneau backs into batting title

If there is such a thing as trying to back into a batting title, that’s what Justin Morneau and the Colorado Rockies are doing. At the

3 days ago

Black Saturday: Pirates, Pitt, PSU lose

It was an ugly day for sports in the Pittsburgh region: The Pirates lost to Cincinnati, 10-6, in extra innings; Pitt was stunned by

4 days ago

Pirates secure wildcard home game; still chasing St. Louis

If the Pirates can tie St. Louis, the teams will meet Monday in a playoff game.

4 days ago

Bob Smizik: Volquez brilliant as Pirates roll on

If it comes down to Edinson Volquez, and it might, the Pirates could do worse -- much worse.

5 days ago

Bob Smizik: Surprises and disappointments

After a 6-2 loss to Atlanta -- lowlighted by a ineffective starter Jeff Locke and an injury that forced Russell Martin to leave the game.

6 days ago

Bob Smizik: Cole makes clinching sweeter

The good news was not just that the Pirates clinched a playoff spot for the second straight season

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: Where have all the bats gone?

The bats that carried the Pirates to where they are today have handed off the heavy lifting to the pitching staff.

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: Evaluating Pirates' chances

The Pirates are in the playoffs. At the very least they will be playing a wildcard game on Oct. 1.

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: Steelers stun Carolina

The season of great despair all of sudden has become the season of unsuspected promise.

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: Worley brilliant in 1-0 win

The ugly spectre of retaliation baseball never was a factor as the Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers met today at PNC Park.

1 week ago

 Andrew McCutchen reacts after being hit in the left arm by a pitch from Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza during the fifth inning Saturday night at PNC Park.

Bob Smizik: Tough loss to Brewers

Having won 12 of their previous 14, the Pirates were overdue for a loss. But that doesn’t take any of the sting out of their 1-0 defeat

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: Russell Martin, Pirates MVP

Not Andrew McCutchen. Not Josh Harrison. The clutch catcher whose contract expires at the end of the season.

1 week ago

 Starter Gerrit Cole delivers against the Red Sox Thursday night at PNC Park.

Bob Smizik: Pirates primed for final 10

This higher level of play puts them in a good place for the final 10 games of the season.

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: Kershaw for MVP

Nobody asked me, but . . .

1 week ago

 Peter Diana/Post-Gazette 7/19/14 PITTSBURGH: Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton delivers against the Colorado Rockies at PNC Park Pittsburgh PA.

Bob Smizik: Morton gamble pays off

The Pirates much second-guessed decision to not only bring Charlie Morton off the disabled list to start against the Boston Red Sox .

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: The value of Russell Martin

From a fan’s standpoint, there have been better Pirates players in recent years than Russell Martin.

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Can hitting carry the Pirates?

The conventional wisdom is that the Pirates, should they make the postseason.

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Pirates lose, but don't overlook Neil Walker

Neil Walker received a lot of criticism for his feeble offensive performances against left-handed pitching in 2012 and 2013.

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Complaints about Pirates offense off-target

The seven runs they scored against the Chicago Cubs last night at PNC Park, in a 7-3 win, gave the Pirates 624 for the season.

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: All things possible for Pirates

The Pirates are in second place in the NL Central, 2 1/2 games behind St. Louis.

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Offense collapses, Steelers routed

The loss to the Ravens when the Steelers offense could muster only six points -- two stinking field goals -- was totally not understandable.

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Goodell should be replaced

Nobody asked me, but . . .

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Old story -- bullpen falters

The last-place Phillies had a better bullpen than the second-place Pirates.

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Is this Marte’s coming-out party?

Random thoughts on the Pirates and on their 6-4 win over Philadelphia Monday night, which kept them in second-place in the wild-card

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Humiliation avoided -- narrowly

Absolute dominance became utter incompetence. Big Ben became Bad Ben.

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: As Steelers open, Pirates try to close

The first Sunday in September -- the Steelers open their season; the Pirates are in the late stages of trying to successfully close down

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Panthers impressive; Pirates still alive

Nobody asked me, but . . .

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: If not Martin, who catches?

This is the second edition of the latest Ask Bob series, where I answer questions posed by readers.

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Pirates hopes alive, but barely

For teams with championship aspirations, four-game losing streaks are not ideal in early September.

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Hope fading for Pirates

The stand-pat strategy of general manager Neal Huntington is fair game in critiquing the recent losing play of the Pirates.

4 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: All is not lost

Some losses register more than others, and this might be one of them.

1 month ago



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