Smizik on Sports

Smizik on Sports

Bob Smizik: Evaluating the new guys

Taking a closer look at the four new Pirates.

1 day ago

Bob Smizik: Can Cardinals be caught?

The day following a 15-5 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, a game in which All-Star A.J. Burnett made a third consecutive poor start, Pirates

2 days ago

Bob Smizik: Pirates add Joe Blanton to bullpen

Blanton had just been designated for assignment by the Royals to make room for Johnny Cueto.

3 days ago

Bob Smizik: Brady unmasked

Nobody asked me, but . . .

4 days ago

 In Jeff Locke's past eight starts, his ERA is 2.53.

Bob Smizik: And the Pirates' next move is . . . ?

General manager Neal Huntington said on his radio show that the trading for Aramis Ramirez, are not necessarily through dealing.

6 days ago

 How much longer are the Pirates going to continue to allow Arquimedes Caminero to enhance the batting averages of opposing players?

Bob Smizik: About the back end of the bullpen

How much longer are the Pirates going to continue to allow Arquimedes Caminero to toss home-run balls?

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: Pirates get better with Ramirez

General manager Neal Huntington silenced his critics by acquiring third baseman Aramis Ramirez from the Milwaukee Brewers.

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: Pirates offer up a cry for help

The Pirates were baffled by a stream of Kansas City pitchers last night and lost to the Royals, 3-1.

1 week ago

 Pittsburgh Pirates' Jung Ho Kang (27) watches as teammate Jordy Mercer (10) collides with Milwaukee Brewers' Carlos Gomez during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 19, 2015, in Milwaukee.

Bob Smizik: Jordy Mercer injury jolts Pirates

The Pirates are in trouble, Bob Smizik writes.

1 week ago

 Pedro Alvarez has been inconsistent this season, both at the plate and in the field.

Bob Smizik: No vote of confidence for Pedro

The first baseman could be the largest defensive liability in MLB; could he be on the move?

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Deadline decisions never easy

Nobody asked me, but . . .

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Pirates surprises, disappointments

The three biggest surprises and three biggest disappointments -- in descending order -- of the 2015 Pirates season.

2 weeks ago

 Pirates Francisco Cervelli tags out Cardinals Mark Reynolds at PNC Park Sunday night.

Bob Smizik: Pirates' memorable series win, but . . .

It was a series the Pirates will long remember and the Cardinals won’t soon forget, Bob Smizik writes.

2 weeks ago

 The Cardinals' Carlos Martinez pitches against the Pirates for the 4-1 win Thursday at PNC Park. St. Louis had the pitching edge in the first game of the current series but the Pirates have the edge in the next three games.

Bob Smizik: Pirates-Cardinals rivalry not yet there

For the Pirates-St. Louis Cardinals rivalry to become truly epic one thing must happen:

3 weeks ago

 Sean Rodriguez pulled double duty with the PNC Park grounds crew Tuesday night. He later scored the winning run to beat the Padres.

Bob Smizik: Pirates are the new Cardinals

A new man steps up, the pitching almost never falters, the wins keep on coming.

3 weeks ago

 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.

3 weeks 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.

1 month ago