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Pirates News and Notes: Taillon, McCutchen, Rotation

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 28: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits an RBI single against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on August 28, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 28: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits an RBI single against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on August 28, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Promising start, but… | Raise the Jolly Roger
Just like the first two losses of this series, the Bucs seemed to have control of this one early...only to have it drift away into a frustrating loss.

Pirates Prospects " A Glimpse of Jameson Taillon’s Potential
Today was easily his best start out of all the times I’ve see him, and possibly his best start of the year. Taillon threw four shutout innings, giving up three hits, no walks, and striking out nine.

Andrew McCutchen Extension Discussions Break Down - Bucs Dugout
The Pirates are not currently talking about an extension with Andrew McCutchen, Rob Biertempfel reports, although McCutchen's side could be interested in reviving such talks in the future.

Pirates Prospects " Projecting the 2012 Pirates Rotation
The strong pitching we’ve seen this year could lead to an excess of options next year, leaving some interesting decisions for the off-season. Here is a breakdown of those options, and how the rotation could look to start the 2012 season.

Eight Questions To Ponder Down The Stretch - Bucs Dugout
Things to watch for now that a 19th losing season appears to be in the books.