Jul 12, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) hits the game winning home run during the eleventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. The Pirates defeated the Reds 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

7/21 Pirates Weekly Link Dump

Sorry, I neglected to post one last week.

Interested in what the Pirates trade deadline options are? Check out the guide to the trade deadline.

As for why Neal Huntington will not trade elite prospects? It is the life of a small market team.

According to Charlie Wilmoth of Bucs Dugout the Pirates are actively interested in trading for Joaquin Benoit.

The Pirates had three players appear in the all star game on Tuesday night. Jess Myers of the Tribune Review wrote a piece about it here.

It was a short week for the Pirates, nonetheless in their only series of the week, they came away with a key sweep of the visiting Colorado Rockies. With multiple losses by Cincinnati, St. Louis and Milwaukee, the Pirates now find themselves only one game out of first place.

Travis Sawchik of the Tribune Review’s write up of the sweep.

Ryan Petrovich of the Post-Gazette calls for Ike Davis to preform better and solidify himself for the future.

Also by Sawchik, the Pirates hot hitting has been a multi-year progression.

Saturday night’s eleven inning win was full of fireworks, and not just the ones from fireworks night. Jordy Mercer continued his hot streak with a walk off RBI double. Rob Biertempfl’s write up of the game.

Ron Cook of the Post-Gazette beleives that there is no longer a valid arguement as to why Mark Melancon should not be the Pirates’ closer.

Pedro Alvarez has had quite the issues making the throws from third base to first. His defensive stops are all web gems, he just cannot make the throw. Bill Brink of the Post-Gazette writes about how he continues to work on his throwing issues.




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