Smizik on Sports

Smizik on Sports

Bob Smizik: Pirates vs. Cubs

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

about 20 hours 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.

2 days 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.

3 days ago

Bob Smizik: If Pirates get past Arrieta . . .

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

4 days ago

Bob Smizik: Criticism of Pirates, their fans unfair

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

5 days 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.

6 days ago

Bob Smizik: Not a good sports Sunday in Pittsburgh

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

1 week 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.

1 week 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

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 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.”

2 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.

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Looking at Hurdle’s strategy

Nobody asked me, but . . .

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: McCutchen's MVP hopes improve

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

3 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.

3 weeks ago

 Pirates' Andrew McCutchen hits the game-tying home run against the Brewers in the eighth inning Thursday at PNC Park.

Bob Smizik: Bad night for Pittsburgh sports

Some thoughts on the losses Thursday night by the Pirates and Steelers.

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Is Happ the new ace?

J. A. Happ is presenting Pirates manager Clint Hurdle with quite the postseason dilemma.

3 weeks ago

 The Pirates' Starling Marte, left, is congratulated by third base coach Rick Sofield after hitting a two-run home run during the ninth inning Sunday against the Cardinals.

Bob Smizik: Pirates' first-place chase may be over; season is not

It’s better to tip your cap to St. Louis than to dole out harsh criticisms to the Pirates, a team that does not deserve such abuse.

4 weeks ago



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