Michael Wacha’s Near-No-Hitter Sends NLDS Back to St. Louis
Oct07

Michael Wacha’s Near-No-Hitter Sends NLDS Back to St. Louis

Toss 22-year-old Michael Wacha onto a pitcher’s mound where he has to keep the Cardinals’ season from ending. Add 40,000 screaming fans who want nothing more but to see him fail, and tauntingly sing his name from the first pitch. Nervous? “I kind of like it,” Wacha said. “It kind of gives me adrenaline. I kind of use it in my favor.” St. Louis’ starter retired the first 15 Pirates hitters he...

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Pirates Making Noise with Home Field Advantage
Oct07

Pirates Making Noise with Home Field Advantage

The Pirates’ playoff run seems to be all Pittsburghers are talking about. And when they talk with someone who has been down to PNC Park for either of the first two postseason games, the first question is usually the same: Is it really as loud as everyone is saying it is? Ask the national writers who have attended multiple World Series, they’ll tell you it was louder than any baseball game they have covered before. Ask Neal...

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Why Russell Martin is the Pirates’ Early Postseason MVP
Oct06

Why Russell Martin is the Pirates’ Early Postseason MVP

Russell Martin has made only one egregious mistake this postseason, and it wasn’t even on the field. His cell phone went off in the press conference. “Phone rings. Nice. Awesome,” Martin joked as the noise interrupted his first answer. It was a rookie mistake from the Pirates player with the most playoff experience (37 games). It also ends our list of complaints about Martin’s October performance. He drove in...

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Three Situations the Pirates Bench, Bullpen Could Prove Crucial
Oct06

Three Situations the Pirates Bench, Bullpen Could Prove Crucial

Bench play and bullpen performance has had almost zero impact on the Pirates’ 2013 postseason. That’s because their three scores have gone 6-2, 9-1, 7-1 in October. No team can count on blowouts throughout the playoffs, though. Eventually there will be late-game situations of impact, which will bring to the forefront the reserve players for the Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. If we knew what would specifically happen with...

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How PNC Park Can Change In October
Oct05

How PNC Park Can Change In October

In television reporting classes, they teach you to never start your story with video of a building. Buildings don’t move. Buildings don’t have feelings. People empathize with other people, not with buildings. Ballparks are not other buildings. People romanticize about their ballparks and some cry when they are torn down. We as baseball fans love places like Fenway Park, Dodger Stadium and Wrigley Field as more than mere...

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