Smizik on Sports

Smizik on Sports


Bob Smizik: Fleury blunder costs victory

Even Marc-Andre Fleury’s staunchest supporters knew that one of his famous postseason meltdowns could come at any time.

about 6 hours ago


Bob Smizik: Selected short subjects / Davis’ value; Fleury’s resurgence; Walker’s role

Although the addition of first baseman Ike Davis looked to be nothing but a positive, for some fans the trade was not greeted warmly.

1 day ago


Bob Smizik: No stars, no problem for Penguins

Nobody asked me, but...

2 days ago


Bob Smizik: Pirates need a new closer

The Pirates have lost nine of their past 12 games and, obviously, have problems. Front and center is Jason Grilli.

3 days ago


Day off for Alvarez, Martin

Josh Harrison and Chris Stewart each get their first starts of the season today, as Clint Hurdle sends out his junior varsity lineup.

3 days ago


Bob Smizik: Penguins collapse, lose, 4-3

It doesn’t get much uglier that this. The high-flying Penguins scored three goals in the first 18 minutes and not another for the next 63.

4 days ago




 Ike Davis formerly of the New York Mets, now the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Bob Smizik: Pirates trade for Ike Davis

The Pirates took a positive step toward solving their first base problem tonight by trading for Ike Davis of the New York Mets.

5 days ago


Bob Smizik: About first base, right field and those Pirates ‘offers’

What was more surprising in the Pirates' 11-2 win over Milwaukee last night?

6 days ago


Bob Smizik: One down, 15 to go

Nobody asked me, but ...

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Early disappointments, surprises

With their split last night against Cincinnati, the Pirates are 7-7 and in third place in the NL Central, three games out of first.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Polanco’s time is not now!

All it took were three losses to the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend and panic set in with some members of the Pirates' fans base.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Can Pirates keep Liriano?

Part II on possible future contract moves by the Pirates. Today we cover the pitchers.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Building a better bullpen

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle went with his usual bullpen formula last night but this time it didn't work.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Pirates' first 10 games prove little

The Pirates have the look of a contender, no doubt, but how much of that is in our minds?

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: The promise of Pedro

About an hour after the Pirates' win yesterday over the Cubs, I received this email from a friend, who is a devout Pirates fan.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Pirates miss chance to add bench strength

We interrupt the steady flow of effusive praise for Pirates general manager Neal Huntington with this unpaid factual pronouncement.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Starling Marte gaining discipline

The Pirates got a rare poor start, but it made no difference. The hitters bailed out Morton and the bullpen, with one glitch, did its job.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Possible Pirates extensions

The Pirates play their cards close to the chest when it comes to negotiations. And that's a good thing.

2 weeks ago




Bob Smizik: Loss of Taillon a blow to Pirates' pitching depth

Jameson Taillon is expected to be out for 12 to 18 months, meaning he might not join the Pirates until 2016.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: What if Calipari succeeded Howland?

How would history have played out if Calipari had been offered and had taken the Pitt job?

2 weeks ago


 Travis Ishikawa runs down a fly ball during afternoon workouts earlier this year.

Bob Smizik: Ishikawa looking good

Now for the player who has the most intriguing storyline of this young season. That designation falls to Travis Ishikawa.

2 weeks ago


 Are the Pirates giving Travis Snider too many unearned opportunities?

Bob Smizik: Why is Snider starting for the Pirates?

The team's infatuation with former Toronto prospect is jeopardizing chance of success.

2 weeks ago


 Russell Martin scores Starling Marte on an error by the Cubs' Starlin Castro in the sixth inning at PNC Park Tuesday night.

Bob Smizik: Pirates' early offensive struggles not surprising

The season is two games old, and the Pirates are getting exceptional performance from the most important position on the field -- pitching.

3 weeks ago




 Pirates teammates await Neil Walker at home plate after he hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning against the Cubs at PNC Park Monday. After Monday's start, Bob Smizik looks ahead and asks your predictions about the season.

Bob Smizik: You pick Pirates' record, finish for this season

This year will be a bit different -- also cite, if you wish, whether they’ll win the division, gain the wild card or sit out the playoffs.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: At last, legitimate optimism!

It’s the first day of baseball season in Pittsburgh and it’s been a long, long time since so much optimism surrounded the team.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Bonds bashing raises questions

With the announcement that Barry Bonds would be part of the Pirates opening day ceremony came the expected high dose of abuse.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Why no extensions for Hurdle, Huntington?

The Pirates created quite a news splash yesterday afternoon, and I had been expecting as much.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Pitching looks to be Pirates' strength

Day 2 of Pirates evaluations. Today -- three days before the opener -- the starters and relievers.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Rating the Pirates

With the opener four days away, time to evaluate the Pirates. Today the 13 position players, tomorrow the pitching staff.

4 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Report says Marte agrees to six-year deal

There is nothing not to like about the contract the Pirates and outfielder Starling Marte reportedly have agreed to sign.

4 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Huntington has lost trade leverage

Nobody asked me, but . . .

4 weeks ago


 Andrew Lambo

Bob Smizik: Pirates have black hole at first base

Tthe options at first base against right-handed pitching are Gaby Sanchez, a right-handed batter, and Travis Ishikawa, a left-handed batter.

4 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Ask Bob, Bob Answers - III

The third edition of Ask Bob, Bob Answers deals with sporting venues, Bud Selig, big stories, high school basketball and non-revenue sports.

1 month ago



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