Smizik on Sports

Bob Smizik: Evaluating Pirates' chances

The Pirates are in the playoffs. At the very least they will be playing a wildcard game on Oct. 1.

about 7 hours ago

Bob Smizik: Steelers stun Carolina

The season of great despair all of sudden has become the season of unsuspected promise.

about 19 hours ago

Bob Smizik: Worley brilliant in 1-0 win

The ugly spectre of retaliation baseball never was a factor as the Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers met today at PNC Park.

1 day ago

 Andrew McCutchen reacts after being hit in the left arm by a pitch from Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza during the fifth inning Saturday night at PNC Park.

Bob Smizik: Tough loss to Brewers

Having won 12 of their previous 14, the Pirates were overdue for a loss. But that doesn’t take any of the sting out of their 1-0 defeat

1 day ago

Bob Smizik: Russell Martin, Pirates MVP

Not Andrew McCutchen. Not Josh Harrison. The clutch catcher whose contract expires at the end of the season.

2 days ago

 Starter Gerrit Cole delivers against the Red Sox Thursday night at PNC Park.

Bob Smizik: Pirates primed for final 10

This higher level of play puts them in a good place for the final 10 games of the season.

3 days ago

Bob Smizik: Kershaw for MVP

Nobody asked me, but . . .

4 days ago

 Peter Diana/Post-Gazette 7/19/14  PITTSBURGH:   Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton delivers against the Colorado Rockies at PNC Park Pittsburgh PA.

Bob Smizik: Morton gamble pays off

The Pirates much second-guessed decision to not only bring Charlie Morton off the disabled list to start against the Boston Red Sox .

5 days ago

Bob Smizik: The value of Russell Martin

From a fan’s standpoint, there have been better Pirates players in recent years than Russell Martin.

6 days ago

Bob Smizik: Can hitting carry the Pirates?

The conventional wisdom is that the Pirates, should they make the postseason.

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: Pirates lose, but don't overlook Neil Walker

Neil Walker received a lot of criticism for his feeble offensive performances against left-handed pitching in 2012 and 2013.

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: Complaints about Pirates offense off-target

The seven runs they scored against the Chicago Cubs last night at PNC Park, in a 7-3 win, gave the Pirates 624 for the season.

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: All things possible for Pirates

The Pirates are in second place in the NL Central, 2 1/2 games behind St. Louis.

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: Offense collapses, Steelers routed

The loss to the Ravens when the Steelers offense could muster only six points -- two stinking field goals -- was totally not understandable.

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: Goodell should be replaced

Nobody asked me, but . . .

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: Old story -- bullpen falters

The last-place Phillies had a better bullpen than the second-place Pirates.

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: Is this Marte’s coming-out party?

Random thoughts on the Pirates and on their 6-4 win over Philadelphia Monday night, which kept them in second-place in the wild-card

1 week ago

Bob Smizik: Humiliation avoided -- narrowly

Absolute dominance became utter incompetence. Big Ben became Bad Ben.

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: As Steelers open, Pirates try to close

The first Sunday in September -- the Steelers open their season; the Pirates are in the late stages of trying to successfully close down

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Panthers impressive; Pirates still alive

Nobody asked me, but . . .

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: If not Martin, who catches?

This is the second edition of the latest Ask Bob series, where I answer questions posed by readers.

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Pirates hopes alive, but barely

For teams with championship aspirations, four-game losing streaks are not ideal in early September.

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Hope fading for Pirates

The stand-pat strategy of general manager Neal Huntington is fair game in critiquing the recent losing play of the Pirates.

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: All is not lost

Some losses register more than others, and this might be one of them.

2 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: September baseball -- all a fan can ask

The Pirates are within relatively easy distance of a championship, and if not that at least a playoff berth.

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: J-Hay does everything but pitch the ninth

Do you believe this guy?

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Tomlin ranked sixth among NFL coaches

No one should pay much attention to NFL exhibition games, particularly the fourth one.

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: The Pedro/J-Hay dilemma

The Pirates have made it clear they are not ready to give up on Pedro Alvarez despite the massive throwing issues he’s had this season at

3 weeks ago

 Pirates' Gerrit Cole pitches against the Cardinals at PNC Park Tuesday night.

Bob Smizik: Pitching problems put Pirates in peril

Imagine where the Pirates would be if Cole and Liriano had performed even close to expectations.

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Random thoughts on the Pirates

Their competition and their 3-2 loss to St. Louis last night at PNC Park.

3 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: In defense of Huntington

The avalanche of criticism that regularly descends on Neal Huntington, comes with the territory.

4 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: Pedro awakens!

As impressive as it was -- a 10-2 pasting of the first-place Brewers at dreaded Miller Park -- it was just one win for the Pirates.

4 weeks ago

Bob Smizik: McCutchen, Harrison and a Locke-down performance

The Pirates return to form. Maybe.

1 month ago


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