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Bucs Dugout: Bucs Breakdown: German Marquez Stymies Pirates Offense
The Pittsburgh Pirates were flying high after a successful road trip that returned seven wins against four losses. Last night, Colorado Rockies (ace) German Marquez came to spoil the party.
Marquez went eight innings, surrendered three hits, gave up one walk, and drew seven strikeouts without allowing a run.
Marquez threw all five of his pitches during last nights game- his four-seam, sinker, changeup, knuckle curve, and slider. He also mixed his pitches well, being careful not to tip his tendencies too much in favor of the hitter, as demonstrated by this chart below.
Fansided: Pittsburgh Pirates Minors: Mitch Keller Turns In Best AAA Start
On Tuesday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates kicked off a six-game homestand with a 5-0 loss against the Colorado Rockies. In the loss, starting pitcher Chris Archer continued to struggle. Archer's struggles combined with injuries to Jameson Taillon and Trevor Williams make the Pirates a team in need of starting rotation help.
Tonight, the team will turn to Montana DuRapau as the opener against the Colorado Rockies. There is nothing wrong with this. After all, DuRapau has pitched effectively since being promoted to the MLB level and the Pirates were victorious when using him as an opener this past Saturday in San Diego.
Fansided: Pittsburgh Pirates: Team Stat Rankings for 2019 so far
Right now, the Pittsburgh Pirates have won 24 games and have lost 21 games this year. If the season ended right now, the Bucs would have the second Wild Card spot. While they are finding ways to win games, the Pittsburgh Pirates have had lots of issues on offense as well as in the bullpen. The starting rotation started off the season well but has suffered injuries at one point or another to three fifth of the members. So how do the Pirates team stats match up against other teams in the league?
Right now, the Pittsburgh Pirates team batting average is .
Fansided: The Pittsburgh Pirates And The Opener Round 2
Following Tuesday night's 5-0 loss against the Colorado Rockies, the 24-21 Pittsburgh Pirates will once again turn to an opener on Wednesday night. This will be the second time in four games the Pirates turn to an opener, and, just as it was on Saturday night, Montana DuRapau will be tabbed as the opener.
DuRapau made his MLB debut 13 days ago in St. Louis. In 6 2/3 innings pitched, DuRapau has allowed 1 run on five hits, a walk, and nine strikeouts. He has flashed a wicked slider that has generated a 45.
Fansided: Pittsburgh Pirates report card for 5/9-5/19
The Pittsburgh Pirates latest road trip started with maybe the most embarrassing loss of the season. With injuries mounting, particularly to the starting pitching staff, and 10 games against winning teams ahead, this stretch looked like the beginning of the end for the local club. As it turned out, doomsday is far away.
With a legit MVP candidate playing at first base, a number five starter proving to be the heist of the offseason and a bullpen rising to the occasion, the Pirates went 7-3 the rest of the way, and are now four games above .500 with the chance to make some more noise coming back to Pittsburgh.
Fansided: Chris Archer Struggles Again In Pittsburgh Pirates Loss To Start Homestand
The Pittsburgh Pirates entered Tuesday night's game against the Colorado Rockies on the heels of a 7-4 road trip. Entering the game the team was hoping to continue the momentum that had built up with their great road trip. Unfortunately, the team would fail to do so.
Following another rocky start from Chris Archer, the Pirates fell to the Rockies by a score of 5-0 in their series opener. With the loss, the team is now 24-21 this season.
While Archer did not pitch well on Tuesday night, it was not all his doing, either.
Bucs Dugout: All Hands on Deck: Mitch Keller stays unbeaten
Mitch Keller allowed one run for Indianapolis, Bradenton wins the suspended game and Greensboro keeps on hopping
The Pirates' top remaining minor league pitching prospect Mitch Keller (5-0, 3.45) allowed one run in seven innings, scattering six hits and a walk, as Indianapolis (23-18) won 4-3 at Louisville (18-26). He fanned six while throwing 66 of 95 pitches for strikes (69%)
Lefty reliever Jake Brentz (1.50 ERA in 18 IP) did his best to give the game away in the bottom of ninth, but managed to be awarded a save despite allowing two runs on four hits and a walk in the inning.
Bucs Dugout: Marquez dazzles, Archer fizzles in Pirates 5-0 loss to Rockies
Colorado's German Marquez scattered three hits and a walk over eight shutout innings as the Rockies downed the Pirates 5-0 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
For Chris Archer, it was more of the same. A lack of fastball command leading to 24 pitches in a scoreless first inning where he left two runners on base, then single runs in the second and third and two in the fourth. In the end, four runs in five innings that required 92 pitches to complete.
The first Colorado run came when Daniel Murphy lined a double off the right field wall and went to third on Ian Desmond's ground out.
Bucs Dugout: Gate Thread: Colorado Rockies come to the 'burgh as the hot Pirates return home
A day after completing a successful 7-win, 4-loss western road trip, the Pittsburgh Pirates play host to the Colorado Rockies, who send right-hander German Marquez (4-2, 3.80 to the mound, opposed by the Pirates' Chris Archer (1-3, 5.58)
The Rockies, with a 20-25 record, have lost four games in a row.
Marquez, in his third full season with the Rockies, struck out 230 batters in 196 innings last year and so far this year has K'd 9.1 batters per 9 innings while walking only 1.7. He's throws a four-seam fastball that averages 95.5 mph along with a curve and slider.
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Bucs Dugout: Series Preview: Rockies at Pirates
The Colorado Rockies come to PNC Park for a mid-week three-game series. The Rockies have dropped their last four games and are 4-6 in their last ten. They currently sit in fourth place in the NL West 9.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Colorado is 11-14 on the road so far this season while the Pirates are 9-9 at home. Pittsburgh has a -39 run differential (6th worst in baseball) and the Rockies are at -9 (13th).<strong>Schedule</strong>
Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. -- Chris Archer (1-3, 5.
NumberFire: FanDuel Pitching Primer: Tuesday 5/21/19
Caleb Smith has been brilliant to start 2019, and he's primed for a monster night. What other arms should be on our radar screen?
In daily fantasy baseball, success starts with nailing the starting pitcher spot in your lineup.
When compared to hitters, pitching performance tends to be much more predictable and stable throughout the course of the season. You know what you're getting from a top-level ace when you roster him: probably a dominant effort with only one or two implosions per season. In contrast, even the game's best hitters have days at the plate when they go 0-for-4.