Smizik on Sports

Smizik on Sports

Bob Smizik: Keep Walker and Melancon

The Pirates offseason is thick with major questions with these being the most important:

about 18 hours ago

 Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington during workouts at Pirates City, Bradenton Florida: The farm system, his supposed strength, has been close to a failure.

Bob Smizik: Disappointing minor-league system must improve

The 2016 season will be a pivotal one for the Pirates. Today the farm system is the topic of discussion. Tomorrow - personnel moves.

1 day ago

Bob Smizik: Pirates playoff offense Bondsian

Final thoughts on the Pirates one-game postseason.

3 days ago

Bob Smizik: Major roster overhaul possible

Nobody asked me, but . . .

4 days ago

 Cubs' pitcher Jake Arrieta is mobbed after defeating the Pirates during the National League Wild Card Game at PNC Park.

Bob Smizik: Arrieta simply too good

Event the 1927 Yankees would have had trouble with Arrieta, Bob Smizik argues.

5 days ago

 The Pirates' Gerrit Cole is the starting pitcher for tonight's playoff game against the Cubs at PNC Park.

Bob Smizik: Cole vs. Arrieta

Past performance does not always hold in athletic contests. Big games often do not unfold as expected. History is full of stars who flopped

6 days ago

 Since Sept. 22, Josh Harrison has a .994 OPS in 43 plate appearances.

Bob Smizik: Harrison should be in Pirates lineup against Cubs

Regular readers might be aware that I’ve never fully bought into the Harrison mystique.

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: Pirates vs. Cubs

The MLB regular season ended yesterday on an upbeat note for the Pirates.

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: Who's hot and who's not!

With the Pirates’ magic number at one for home-field advantage in the wildcard game, we look at players’ recent stats on offense.

1 week ago

 The Baltimore Ravens' Will Hill III takes down Mike Vick in overtime Thursday at Heinz Field.

Bob Smizik: Steelers stumble to defeat

Overlooked a bit in the late carnage was the fact that Antonio Brown dropped a touchdown pass in the end zone, Smizik says.

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: If Pirates get past Arrieta . . .

On the bright side, better to be eliminated, 11-1, than, say, 11-10.

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: Criticism of Pirates, their fans unfair

The Pirates didn’t do enough to improve their 2015 roster.

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: Cole vs. Happ

The Pirates could have asked for nothing more than for the game to be in the hands of Mark Melancon. their stellar closer.

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Not a good sports Sunday in Pittsburgh

The Steelers and Pirates have seen their immediate futures and they are not promising.

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: And the Pirates' MVP is...?

Selecting the Pirates' Most Valuable Player, even with nine games still remaining in the season, is easy.

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Pirates win, stay four behind

The Cubs blinked, the Cardinals didn’t and the Pirates -- officially in the postseason -- appear headed for a wildcard game at PNC Park

2 weeks ago

 Pedro Alvarez at PNC Park.

Bob Smizik: What to do with Pedro Alvarez?

No question that Alvarez’s defense could lose a game. But his bat could win a game.

3 weeks ago

 The Pirates' Starling Marte celebrates his solo home run off of starting pitcher Jon Gray of the Colorado Rockies, with Andrew McCutchen in the first inning at Coors Field in Denver Monday night.

Bob Smizik: Time running out on Pirates

With 12 games remaining in the season, the Pirates trail the St. Louis Cardinals by four games. That is not good.

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Steelers look Super Bowl good

Who expected this? After a bad loss at New England, the Steelers responded with an emphatic statement about their ability today.

3 weeks ago

 Andrew McCutchen’s is 15-for-62 in September. That’s a .242 batting average and a .704 OPS. His career numbers in those categories are .299 and .885.

Bob Smizik: Pirates players faltering in September

As a result of their recent play, the Pirates have lost virtually all hope of finishing first in the National League Central Division.

3 weeks ago

 The Cubs' Chris Coghlan collides with Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang at PNC Park Thursday afternoon.

Bob Smizik: Kang loss a staggering blow

Kang’s recovery time has been labeled at six to eight months, which means he could miss as much as a third to one-half of next season.

3 weeks ago

 Pirates' Andrew McCutchen wasn't in the lineup today against the Cubs.

Bob Smizik: McCutchen missing in action

Former MLB player Ron Coomer, who serves as color analyst for the Cubs, called McCutchen’s absence “bizarre.”

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Pirates match Arrieta, still lose

For the first 11 innings, it was a pennant-race classic. For the 12th, a Pirates nightmare.

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Looking at Hurdle’s strategy

Nobody asked me, but . . .

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: McCutchen's MVP hopes improve

Random thoughts on the Pirates and their 7-6 win Sunday over Milwaukee.

4 weeks ago

 "Excitement, understandably, reigns with Pirates fans as the prospect of a one-game wildcard postseason has been replaced by the opportunity of being the top-seeded team."

Bob Smizik: High drama in NL Central

This is what is known as a pennant race.

1 month ago



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