Smizik on Sports

Smizik on Sports


Bob Smizik: Is Ike the answer?

On one issue concerning the Pirates there is near-total agreement: First base has been a glaring weakness this season.

about 22 hours ago


Bob Smizik: Davis for Sanchez makes no sense

Observations on the Pirates and on their 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers last night at PNC Park.

1 day ago


Bob Smizik: Do Pirates need a right fielder?

It's 10 days to the most fascinating and newsworthy date on the baseball calendar -- July 31, which is the non-waiver trading deadline.

2 days ago


Bob Smizik: Don't overlook Morton in Pirates' win

It was widely acknowledged at the All-Star break that the Pirates‘‍ two biggest weaknesses were at first base and in the bullpen. The

3 days ago


Bob Smizik: The day The Deacon went 18

Today marks the 59th anniversary of one of the greatest individual feats in the more than 100-year history of Pirates baseball.

4 days ago


Bob Smizik: Liriano's start against Rockies encouraging

The return of Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano remains a work in progress but the most recent signs are encouraging.

4 days ago


Bob Smizik: Lower the mound!

Nobody asked me, but . . .

6 days ago


Bob Smizik: Keys to second-half success

Prior to the injuries to Yadier Molina  and Brandon Phillips, the Pirates looked to be the fourth-best team in the Central Division.

6 days ago


Bob Smizik: Asking for ‘Ask Bob’ questions

It’s question-seeking time. 'Ask Bob’ has gained favor with some readers and it will be making a summer run with your cooperation.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Pedro’s surprising stats

The most disappointing -- as opposed to the worst -- player this season, there’s a strong chance the winner would have been Pedro Alvarez.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Pirates can win NL Central

It was not the kindest half season. They staggered through the first month and then staggered to the finish line of the first half.

1 week ago


McCutchen's legend keeps on growing

It was the very definition of putting your team on your back and carrying it to victory, and it was done with the greatest of ease.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Pirates collapse, lose to Reds, 6-5

Where to begin with this latest Pirates’ loss, 6-5 to the  Reds, which was a crushing defeat in a game that seemed an almost-certain win?

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Nobody asked me, but . . .

Nobody asked me, but . . .

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: What was Hurdle thinking? Part II

Clint Hurdle brought Ernesto Frieri into a bases-loaded, one-out situation against the Cardinals with the Pirates trailing by two runs.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Frieri does his thing!

Ten random thoughts on the Pirates and their 5-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals last night:

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Whose spot does Liriano take?

In a rehab start at Indianapolis, Francisco Liriano, the Pirates ace gone bad, was outstanding.

2 weeks ago


 Andrew McCutchen and the fans had plenty to smile about after his Sunday triple and the team's sweep of the Phillies.

Bob Smizik: Time to smell the roses

The article originally planned for today was going to address the black hole on the Pirates known as first base.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Pirates need a closer

As the Pirates keep rolling -- their latest a 3-2 win over Philadelphia -- they have the look of a team almost without a weakness. Almost.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Cole's injury not believed serious

For five innings Gerrit Cole looked to be back as the stud starter he was late last season and into the playoffs.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: What was Hurdle thinking?

Eight random thoughts on the Pirates and the game that really, really got away.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: About first base and right field

The Pirates keep on winning -- 5-1 last night over the Arizona Diamondbacks to move within six games of first-place Milwaukee.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Nobody asked me, but . . .

There were heroes galore for the Pirates last night, as they overcame a 2-0 deficit by scoring three in the ninth to beat Arizona.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Pirates' strengths, needs

It’s July, which means speculation on deadline trades shifts to a more serious level.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Can Martin be signed?

One thing everybody can agree on about the Pirates is that they must absolutely sign Russell Martin for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Are Penguins regressing?

Are the Penguins a better team today than they were last week?

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Trade of failed closers

Just how concerned the Pirates were about the state of their bullpen was made clear when they traded Jason Grilli.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Late arrivals powering Pirates

Ten random thoughts on the Pirates and on their 5-2 win over the New York Mets last night.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Johnston’s top job: Fix Crosby

The Penguins have their man. In about 10 months we might have a rough idea if he’s the right one.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Locke's amazing return

Nobody asked me, but . . .

4 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Where does Harrison play?

Who will the Pirates remove from their active roster to make room for Neil Walker?

4 weeks ago



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