Smizik on Sports

Smizik on Sports


 Does Andrew McCutchen now have a better shot at the MVP award after the Washington Nationals' stumble?

Bob Smizik: McCutchen for MVP?

Nobody asked me, but . . .

about 21 hours ago


Bob Smizik: Locke pitching for his job

When Jeff Locke takes the mound tonight, he will not only be pitching for his spot in the rotation but possibly for his future with the

1 day ago


 Pirates' J.A. Happ pitches against the Diamondbacks Wednesday night at PNC Park.

Bob Smizik: Cardinals can be caught

With six weeks remaining in the season, the Pirates trail the first-place St. Louis Cardinals by 3½ games in the National League Central

3 days ago


 Look at the spectacular rookie season of Jung Ho Kang.

Bob Smizik: How ‘bout them batting coaches!

Following almost any upgrade in the performance of a Pirates pitcher come simultaneous praise for pitching coach Ray Searage.

4 days ago


 Pirates fans cheer the final out as their team defeats the Giants Thursday at PNC Park.

Bob Smizik: Pirates almost at full strength

More good news: Clint Hurdle said the return to the active roster of third baseman Josh Harrison and shortstop Jordy Mercer is imminent.

6 days ago


Bob Smizik: Re-evaluating Pedro’s future

Who among us has not shot arrows of criticism -- some mild, some venomous -- at Pedro Alvarez during the current season?

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: What’s wrong with Cole?

There was a time during this baseball season that when confronted with the challenge of facing the likes of a Madison Bumgarner or a Jon

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Pirates goats become heroes

Nobody asked me, but . . .

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Unexpected contributors in win over Mets

Raise your hand if you were among those who believed the pitching of Happ and the fielding of Alvarez would be last night’s highlight.

1 week ago


 Just last month, the Cardinals dealt a first-round pick in 2013 to acquire first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss, seen here hitting a single against the Milwaukee Brewers earlier this month.

Bob Smizik: Wisdom of trading prospects

It is becoming a widely held belief in MLB that it is bad business to trade quality prospects.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Alvarez fielding costly again

Not to be deliberately cruel, but, seriously, is there a larger defensive liability in MLB than Pedro Alvarez?

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Hurdle hesitates; Pirates lose

The Pirates have one of the best bullpens in baseball.

2 weeks ago


 Gregory Polanco slides into home plate and scores July 12 against the Cardinals at PNC Park.

Bob Smizik: Pirates rolling into St. Louis

The Pirates trail the Cardinals by five games in the NL Central and need nothing less than to win two of three from St. Louis this week.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Steelers vs. Pirates

Nobody asked me, but . . .

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Happ not looking like answer

Random thoughts on the Pirates:

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: In defense of Huntington

Does Huntington get everything right? Absolutely not. But his record as GM over the past five years has been exceptional.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Pirates' schedule turns more difficult

Challenging times await the Pirates, especially now, when they are missing three key players, Bob Smizik writes.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Evaluating the new guys

Taking a closer look at the four new Pirates.

3 weeks 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

3 weeks 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.

4 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Brady unmasked

Nobody asked me, but . . .

4 weeks ago



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