New Uniforms Around the League

There have been a few teams around the MLB to unveil some new jerseys for the 2013 season.

Here are the new threads for the Houston Astros, who will display an entirely different look for their switch to the American League:
Astros new jerseys

The Cardinals will sport this vintage look on Saturdays next year:
Cardinals new jersey

Finally, the Mets will wear these home and road alternates:
Mets new jerseys

We bring this up because it appears that the Pirates plan on introducing new Sunday alternate jerseys, which is given away by the promotional schedule. Hopefully they will unveil them at PirateFest (which is just 10 days away), just as they did in 2007 with the red jerseys:

…and 2009 with the new home, road, and alternate jerseys:
new jerseys 2009

We found one possible design a few weeks ago (although it was on a pretty shady website):
alternates 2013

One small detail that doesn’t seem legit is the Pirate Flag logo on the sleeve, which is rarely used by the Bucs anymore. Still, a yellow jersey would be pretty nice. Many fans on Twitter were in favor of a new jersey of that color at the end of last season, once they caught a glimpse of the Oakland A’s yellow threads.

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Series Preview: Pirates vs. Cardinals

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals

August 17, 2012 8:15 pm
August 18, 2012 4:05 pm
August 19, 2012 2:15 pm


Busch Stadium

Probable Pitchers
James McDonald (10-5, 3.77 ERA) vs. Jake Westbrook (12-8, 3.62 ERA)
Erik Bedard (7-12, 4.56 ERA) vs. Lance Lynn (13-5, 3.65 ERA)
Jeff Karstens (4-3, 3.91 ERA) vs. Jaime Garcia (3-4, 4.48 ERA)

Series Notes
Pirates (65-53)… Cardinals (64-54)… The Cards are one game behind the Bucs, which makes this a very important series… James McDonald before the All-Star break: 2.37 ERA; after the All-Star break: 8.71 ERA… Jake Westbrook is 1-2 with a 4.74 ERA in three starts against the Pirates this season… Erik Bedard hasn’t done well away from home; he has a 6.75 ERA on the road… Lance Lynn has a 6.55 ERA in his last four starts… Jeff Karstens has gone seven-plus innings in five of his last eight starts… Jaime Garcia makes his first start since missing more than two months with left shoulder impingement… Lance Berkman is on the 15 day DL and could return in September… Yadier Molina is day-to-day with lower back stiffness… Pittsburgh and St. Louis are the only National League teams to have four players with 60+ RBI – Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez, Neil Walker, and Garrett Jones for the Pirates/Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday, David Freese, and Allen Craig for the Cardinals.

Go Bucs

Series Preview: Pirates vs. Cardinals

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals

June 29, 2012 8:15 pm
June 30, 2012 2:15 pm
July 1, 2012 2:15 pm


Busch Stadium

Probable Pitchers
Kevin Correia (3-6, 4.03 ERA) vs. Adam Wainwright (6-7, 4.32 ERA)
Jeff Karstens (0-2, 6.35 ERA) vs. Lance Lynn (10-3, 3.23 ERA)
Erik Bedard (4-8, 4.27 ERA) vs. Jake Westbrook (6-6, 3.77 ERA)

Series Notes
The third-place Cardinals are one and a half games out of first place in the Central with a record of 40-36; the second-place Pirates are one game out of first at 40-35. Kevin Correia is 1-1 with a 3.16 ERA over his last three starts… Correia is 2-3 with a 3.86 ERA in his career vs. St. Louis… Adam Wainwright has a 3.02 ERA over his last eight starts and has allowed two or fewer earned runs in seven of his last 10 outings… Wainwright went seven innings and picked up the win as the Cards beat the Pirates, 10-7, on May 1st… Current Pirates hitters own a .274 batting average off Wainwright: Andrew McCutchen is 7-for-18 with a triple and a pair of doubles; Casey McGehee is just 1-for-15… Jeff Karstens allowed six runs in his return from the disabled list on Monday against Philadelphia… Karstens is 1-2 with a 4.13 ERA in his career vs. StL… Lance Lynn‘s ERA jumped from 2.42 to 3.23 over his past two starts, neither of which lasted more than 5 1/3 innings… Lynn is 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA against the Pirates this season… Erik Bedard is two strikeouts away from 1,000 for his career… Bedard has lost four consecutive road games… Jake Westbrook is 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA in his last three outings… Westbrook is 0-2 with a 4.15 ERA this season against the Bucs… Lance Berkman (right knee) and Chris Carpenter (right shoulder) are on the disabled list but both could come back by late July… Carlos Beltran leads the Cards in home runs (20) and runs batted in (59; Yadier Molina leads in batting average (.316); Rafael Furcal leads in runs (51) and stolen bases (9)… Andrew McCutchen leads the Pirates in batting average (.336), runs (42), home runs (14, tied with Pedro Alvarez), RBI (48), stolen bases (14), etc.

Go Bucs

Saturday Success

Despite a record of just 3-6 (they have won the last three) on Fridays this season, the Pirates have really bounced back in Saturday games. Here’s a look at how the Bucs have fared on Saturdays:

April 7th
Pirates beat Phillies, 2-1
Alex Presley walk-off infield single

April 14th
Pirates lose to Giants, 4-3
San Francisco walk-off error by Clint Barmes

April 20th
Pirates beat Cardinals, 2-0
A.J. Burnett dominates in Pirates debut

April 27th
Pirates beat Braves, 4-2
Erik Bedard strikes out nine in five innings

May 5th
Pirates beat Reds, 3-2
James McDonald shuts down the Reds on Cinco de Mayo

May 12th
Pirates beat Astros, 5-2
Pirates win on Joel Hanrahan bobblehead night

May 19th
Pirates beat Tigers, 4-3
Andrew McCutchen hits two bombs in Motown matinee

May 26th
Pirates beat Cubs, 3-2
Matt Hague walk-off HBP

June 2nd
Pirates lose to Brewers, 5-1
Bedard scuffles against Milwaukee

June 9th
Pirates beat Royals, 5-3
Bucs defeat Kansas City in their Homestead Grays uniforms

Overall Saturday record: 8-2

Hopefully the Pirates can keep the ball rolling on Saturdays, but they face some tough opponents in their next few weekend series. The next five Saturday games are as follows:
– June 16th @ Cleveland
– June 23rd vs. Detroit
– June 30th @ St. Louis
– July 7th vs. San Francisco
– July 14th @ Milwaukee

Go Bucs