Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 News and Updates
3/3/14 - The Pittsburgh Pirates had a stellar start to Spring Training, going 2-0 over their opening games against the New York Yankees last week. Hopes of going undefeated this spring were dashed with their loss to the Blue Jays on Friday (2-4), followed by a tie with the Rays on Saturday. Sunday saw a big victory and some of the weekend's best action, as the Pirates achieved revenge over former pitcher AJ Burnett and rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies (4-1). The Pirates were just named in the Top 5 of MLB teams with the best talent under 25 years old by Baseball Prospectus—come see what their top prospects can do with Pittsburgh Pirates tickets this week! The Buccos play a Thursday rematch against Toronto (get-in for $8) and a Friday game against Minnesota (get-in for $11).
2/25/14 - The Pittsburgh Pirates boast 2013's National League MVP, Andrew McCutchen, who stole his 100th base and hit his 100th career home run last season. McCutchen knew that after proposing to his future wife on "Ellen" in December, "people would totally forget about the MVP award" so that he could do it all over again this season. See how this young All Star leads the Buccos during camp with Pittsburgh Pirates tickets! Pirates tickets are averaging $37 across spring training.
2/11/14 - With the maturation of lightning youngster Starling Marte this year, the Pittsburgh Pirates will see their rebuilding project pay off in full effect. We saw strokes of it last year, with the squad (including NL MVL Andrew McCutchen) that took the Pirates into the postseason for the first time in over a decade. All the Pirates are waiting on now is A.J. Burnett, who initially said he would only play for Pittsburgh, but is now testing free agent waters. With pitchers and catchers reporting for Spring Training tomorrow, he'll presumably be making his decision on Pittsburgh in hours. See who's on the mound during the Pirates' first spring game (2/26), against the New York Yankees for $25.
1/30/14 - The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of the youngest, most talented squads in the league, making them tremendously exciting to watch from the stands. Last year, the Pirates made the MLB playoffs for the first time in over a decade, and they don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon! Boasting Clint Hurdle, recipient of 2013’s NL manager of the year, these swashbucklers are just getting started. Score some Pittsburgh Pirates tickets for $45 on average and watch this team down south for Spring Training!
10/2/13 - The Pirates defeated the Reds in the NL Wild Card game and advanced to the NLDS where they’ll matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals. At an average price of $424, Pittsburgh Pirates NLDS tickets are 5-times the cost of St. Louis Cardinals NLDS tickets. Demand is high after Pittsburgh won its first postseason game at home in 21 years. If the Pirates get a chance to compete for the Commissioner’s Trophy, expect World Series ticket prices to be pricey in Pittsburgh. Currently, Pirates World Series tickets are no cheaper than $575.
9/24/13 - The Pittsburgh Pirates clinched an MLB playoff berth for the first time in 21 years. The squad is one of three NL Central teams fighting for the Division title with the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds. The Pirates will play in at least the Wild Card game thanks to a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs last night and a St. Louis win over the Washington Nationals. Pirates Wild Card playoff tickets (if necessary) at PNC Park start at $74.
7/26/13 - Is this the year the Bucs finally finish with a winning record, their first since 1992? Or will the post-All Star collapse strike again, as it has the previous two seasons? Pirates fans are once again cautiously optimistic that their team will finally have a winning breakthrough in 2013. Outfielder Andrew McCutchen and third baseman Pedro Alvarez are providing offensive punch, while pitching reclamation projects A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano give Pirate fans reason to believe that This Is The Year.
4/4/13 – After opening the season at home against the Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates will be on the road for the next two series before coming home for three straight against the Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, and Atlanta Braves (in that order). It was the Reds who handed the Pirates their 82nd loss last season, ensuring their losing season. The cheapest series on the Pirates schedule this year is against the St. Louis Cardinals in April with tickets starting at $2 or $3 each day and averaging just $25. All in all, the Cardinals have the sixth cheapest ticket in the League this month.
Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Season
The Pittsburgh Pirate are coming off a highly successful season: making their first playoff appearance since ’92 (losing to the St. Louis Cardinals
in the NLDS) and ultimately finishing with 94 wins, giving them the third-most victories in the NL. Going with the philosophy “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” the Pirates are returning almost all of their player from last year’s squad. Last season’s MVP Andrew McCutchen, slugger Pedro Alvarez, athletic infielder Neil Walker, and base-stealer Starling Mart will all be geared up at Spring Training
in a month.
The Pirates are still grappling with the question of whether All-Star pitcher A.J. Burnett will be returning or retiring this year. Even if he does retire, an impressive bullpen remains: Francisco Liriano and Gerrit Cole are at the helm, and Jason Grilli is the reliable closer--all key players that granted Pittsburgh the third-best ERA in the MLB last year. The Pirates vaunt an extremely young team, with no players in the batting order over 30 years old. Get your Pittsburgh Pirates tickets today and watch these young bucks rile up the opposition!
The beginning of the 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates season looked promising; but then again, it is not unusual for the team to have a strong start. In the past two years, the Pirates baseball team has been over .500 in the first half of the season; but, finish with a losing season. Twenty consecutive seasons to be exact.
So why are the Pittsburgh Pirates staff and players optimistic about 2013? For starters, the future seems bright for the Pirates on the mound. Youngsters Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon could be the additions that this club needs. Experts predict that following a tune-up in Triple A, we will see both these pitchers in the Big Leagues by the end of the season. Despite Closer Joel Hanrahan leaving for Boston, the Coaches and fans alike will look to Jason Grilli and newly acquired Mark Melancon to step up and contribute late. The Club is also hopeful about off-season acquisition, Silver Slug Award winner, and 3-time All-Star Russell Martin; the Pirates need others to help Andrew McCutchen on the offensive side and the team feels Martin can contribute.
The average 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates tickets cost $51 at PNC Park. The most expensive home series will be played July 2-4 against rival Philadelphia Phillies with an average ticket price of $91. Don't expect to pay less to watch the Pirates on the road; the average away game is $64, an average of $13 more per ticket.
Fans can only hope that the 2013 season brings them more than a new logo — will the five-time World Series Champions have their first winning season (since 1992) under their belt too?