Smizik on Sports


 A.J. Burnett once again was brilliant -- seven innings, five hits, one run, no walks, 10 strikeouts.

Smizik on Sports: Two straight for the Pirates is good, but...

The temptation is to bask in the Pirates second straight win over the New York Mets.

about 9 hours ago


 Pirates' Gerrit Cole pitches against the Mets Friday at PNC Park.

Cole shows up as ace

Cole gave Mets rookie hotshot Noah Syndergaard a pitching lesson to remember.

1 day ago


 A.J. Burnett is second in the league in ERA and in eight starts has allowed eight earned runs.

Bob Smizik: Pirates pitchers’ report card

The following is the pitchers’ report card, based on accomplishments and expectations.

2 days ago


Bob Smizik: Locke saves his job -- for now

After a 36-pitch, three-run, three-hit, one-walk first inning, Jeff Locke seemed headed for an exit from the Pirates rotation.

3 days ago


Bob Smizik: Old and new in Pirates' loss to Twins

Bob Smizik analyzes the highlights and lowlights from the game.

4 days ago


 The Pirates' Jose Tabata during batting practice at Pirates City, Bradenton Florida.

Bob Smizik: It’s Tabata time

Nobody asked me, but . . .

5 days ago


 Third baseman Jung Ho Kang has shown flashes of power and intuitiveness about the game, Bob Smizik writes.

Bob Smizik: Quarterly Pirates report card

Bob Smizik grades the Pirates.

6 days ago


Bob Smizik: Sign of things to come or ...

Was that just another Pirates loss yesterday at Wrigley Field? Or was it the changing of the guard in the National League Central Division?

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Some good, but a bad, bad loss

There was an abundance of positives for the Pirates in their game against the Chicago Cubs yesterday at Wrigley Field.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Hurry back, Charlie!

Charlie Morton has been nothing approaching a fan favorite in his time with the Pirates.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: The future of Pedro

It was noteworthy that no one thought it unusual that Alvarez was out of the starting lineup against Phillies left-hander Hamels.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Melancon near-flawless, but . . .

Nobody asked me, but . . .

1 week ago


 The NFL suspended Patriots QB Tom Brady for the first four games of the 2015 season.

Bob Smizik / Tom Brady gets what he deserves

It’s possible that the bloodthirsty might not be satisfied.

1 week ago


 Josh Harrison''s 0-for-3 game Sunday dropped his average to .173.

Bob Smizik / The Pirates’ Harrison dilemma

All of a sudden, the question no longer is how does manager Clint Hurdle find playing time for Jung Ho Kang.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Is a turnaround at hand?

Everyone knew the team’s hitting could not continue to be so poor and that its starting pitching could not continue to so excellent.

2 weeks ago


 "Playing Kang doesn’t mean giving up on Mercer and Harrison. But to not play a streaking player and instead play two slumping players just doesn’t make a lot of sense."

Bob Smizik: Why not Kang?

Not to play a streaking player and instead play two slumping players just doesn’t make a lot of sense.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: About those Pirates drafts

There has been talk recently in the comment section about the merits of the Pirates farm system -- most of it positive, some of it negative.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: The losing continues

It remains early for the Pirates but not as early as it used to be, and the team’s fifth straight loss -- 3-0 to the Cincinnati Reds.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Waiting for McCutchen

Nobody asked me, but . . .

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Discouraging start for Cervelli

The Pirates had high hopes for Francisco Cervelli.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: No time to panic, but . . .

The Pirates staggering offensive ineptitude continued yesterday as they lost to Socolovich and the Cardinals, 3-2.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Pirates as hitless wonders!

The offense, expected to be a strength, is beyond awful. The main culprits: Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez, Josh Harrison, Jordy Mercer.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Burnett the steal of 2015

Cardinals’ games might be the most momentous May series in the history of the Pirates franchise.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Linebacker shouldn’t be a surprise

With cornerbacks galore theirs for the taking with the 22nd pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, the Steelers did what anyone who has

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: What’s wrong with McCutchen?

The season was 21 games old when the Pirates and the Chicago Cubs met at Wrigley Field last night .

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Runners taking liberties on Cervelli

Nobody asked me, but . . .

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Bring on the DH!

Picture, if you can, these scenarios.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Wainwright injury elevates Pirates

In the most freakish of accidents, the fortunes of two baseball teams were spun in opposite directions Saturday night.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Pirates have plenty of competition

The best path to the postseason for the Pirates is to win the NL Central, but St. Louis is off to a 12-4 start.

4 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Yet another disappointing season

And now the unanswered questions: Will that number remain the same as the Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin/Marc-Andre Fleury era plays out?

4 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Re-evaluating the Pirates

The Pirates season hit the 10 percent pole Thursday with a win over the Cubs that left their record at 8-8.

1 month ago



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