Smizik on Sports

Smizik on Sports


 The Pirates' AJ Burnett delivers against the Brewers at PNC Park in early June. The team's pitching so far this season has been well beyond expectations.

Bob Smizik: Pirates mid-season analysis

They’re not as bad as the first 40 games; not as good as the most recent 41.

about 19 hours ago


Bob Smizik: Pirates roster needs upgrades

The Pirates are probably not going to catch St. Louis, although that task is not as hopeless as some make it sound.

3 days ago


Bob Smizik: Smell the roses

Nobody asked me, but . . .

5 days ago


Bob Smizik: Waiting for Polanco

Since his debut on June 10 of last year, the Pirates outfielder has played what amounts to a full season -- 160 games, 529 at bats.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: About that Melancon trade

It can take years to properly evaluate a trade.

1 week ago


 Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton throws Sunday during the first inning against the Nationals.

Bob Smizik: What is the future of the Pirates' starting rotation?

It's possible that the long-expected decline of the Pirates’ starting rotation might be upon us.

2 weeks ago


 Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer celebrates after his no-hitter baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park, Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Washington. The Nationals won 6-0.

Bob Smizik: Offense continues to stagger

Scherzer’s no hitter spotlights Pittsburgh’s shaky bats.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Who are Pirates’ All-Stars?

The MLB All-Star voting is drifting toward an end and it does not appear any Pirates will win a starting position.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Greatest pitching performances since . . .

Charlie Morton was the latest starter to perform at a close-to-perfect level.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Huntington’s excellent offseason reaping dividends

The Pirates' torrid play continued last night with a 11-0 rout of the Chicago White Sox at PNC Park.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Who is Pirates MVP?

Nobody asked me, but . . .

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Can the Cardinals be caught?

The Pirates remain six games behind the St. Louis Cardinals, who are 38-20, which is a 106-win pace.

3 weeks ago



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