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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 day ago


Bob Smizik: Nobody asked me, but . . .

Nobody asked me, but . . .

1 day 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.

3 days 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:

3 days ago


Bob Smizik: Whose spot does Liriano take?

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

4 days 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.

5 days 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: What was Hurdle thinking?

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

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Pirates' strengths, needs

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

1 week 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.

1 week ago


Bob Smizik: Are Penguins regressing?

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

1 week 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Locke's amazing return

Nobody asked me, but . . .

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Where does Harrison play?

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

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Snider strengthens his case

The Pirates have some difficult roster decisions to make this week. Valued players will be released and/or returned to the minors.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Twins-reject Worley excels again

GM Neal Huntington simply does not let players go until they had proven conclusively they cannot help the team.

2 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Alvarez stumble continues

Raise your hands (or comment), if you expected any of these three things as of June 21, 2014:  Pedro Alvarez will ...

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Hurdle can’t stay with Grilli

Random thoughts on the Pirates:

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Snider, Tabata or Barmes?

Decision Day for the Pirates, when Neil Walker is expected to come off the disabled list, which means a spot on the roster must open for

3 weeks ago


 Josh Harrison hits a solo homer against the Nationals in May at PNC Park.

Bob Smizik: Has Harrison surpassed Alvarez?

Nobody asked me, but . . .

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Buy or sell?

The Pirates are coming off an open date. What better time to play the most popular summer game of the baseball crowd: ''Buyer/Seller“?

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Worley looks good, but...

The pitching performances this weekend of Jeff Locke and Vance Worley brought to mind something Jim Leyland once said about another pitcher.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Pirates keep rolling

There’s no telling what’s around the next bend in athletic competition. Today’s winner can be next week’s loser.

3 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Polanco, Locke light up Pirates

The season is turning brighter for the Pirates; let us count the ways.

4 weeks ago


Bob Smizik: Pitchers' report card

In view of the excellent performance from Edinson Volquez last night, it's not a good day to be negatively critiquing the starting pitchers.

4 weeks ago



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