Two small-market teams remain in lockstep, caught in no man's land between buying and selling, with just a few days to decide if the best chance at success is gambling on the current roster or beefing up the farm system.
2017 ScheduleAll times ET
Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer and had four RBI, Gerrit Cole won for the fifth time in six starts, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 10-3 on Monday night.
The Pirates are among the clubs best equipped to break away in the races for playoff spots and catch division leaders down the stretch.
With Gregory Polanco on the disabled list, the Pirates are shopping for outfield help.
Myers and Pillar each hit 450-plus HRs
On Sunday, the four longest home runs traveled over 447 feet, including two 450-footers hit by Kevin Pillar and Wil Myers.
Kyle Freeland pitched six strong innings in his first start since taking a no-hitter into the ninth, Trevor Story, pinch-hitter Pat Valaika and Mark Reynolds hit two-run homers during a seven-run sixth, and the Rockies beat the Pirates 13-3.
German Marquez matched a career best with nine strikeouts in seven solid innings and also had a wayward pitch that fueled a near brawl as the Colorado Rockies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 on Saturday night.
Pirates place Polanco on DL
The Pittsburgh Pirates placed OF Gregory Polanco (left hamstring strain) on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday. In a corresponding move, LHP Steven Brault was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer
A big part of the reason why the Pirates are MLB's hottest team outside of the Astros & Dodgers? Pitching, because the Bucs lead the majors in ERA in July, with the pen really shining (MLB-best 1.57 ERA). Now that they're above .500 with Starling Marte back from his PED suspension and the lineup finally ready to fire on all cylinders, you can bury those Andrew McCutchen trade rumors.
Friday's longest home runs
Aaron Judge finally broke his post-All-Star break home run slump, but it was the Mets' Michael Conforto with Friday's longest blast, taking the A's Paul Blackburn deep for his 18th homer of the season.
Rookie Josh Bell had a career-high four hits, Andrew McCutchen had three hits and reached base five times, and the surging Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 13-5 on Friday night.
Will the Pirates star stay in Pittsburgh after the July 31 trade deadline? Our baseball experts discuss.
The key to beating the red-hot Dodgers is to get a lead on them, while Pittsburgh, thanks to its stellar outfield and new closer, is rolling.
Lamb, Suarez hit dueling dingers
Jake Lamb and Eugenio Suarez each hit two home runs in their game on Thursday. Although Suarez's first was the longest, Lamb got the last laugh as his pair helped the Diamondbacks beat the Reds 12-2.
Buster Olney recaps all of Thursday's MLB action, including the Dodgers finally losing, another win for the Pirates, and an inexplicable decision by the Cardinals.
Gregory Polanco homered, Chris Stewart added three hits and the Pittsburgh Pirates completed a four-game sweep of the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers with a 4-2 victory on Thursday.
The Pirates have attractive pieces to sell if they choose to go that route, but Pittsburgh is also playing much better and competing in the wide-open NL Central.
Pirates P Ivan Nova talks to Buster Olney about Pittsburgh's comeback win on Wednesday night, the return of Starling Marte to the club's lineup and much more.
Buster Olney recaps all of Wednesday's MLB action, including an epic comeback by the Royals, a meaningful win for the Pirates and a scary moment for Kris Bryant.
For clubs like the Pirates and Angels, a bad series could be what determines their strategy July 31. And many contenders are waiting for an answer.
Max Moroff got his first career game-ending hit with a single in the 10th inning, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 on Wednesday night.