8 Important Moments from Gerrit Cole’s Playoff Win
Oct04

8 Important Moments from Gerrit Cole’s Playoff Win

A road playoff game did not change what is becoming a recurring theme — Gerrit Cole has become the Pirates’ most consistent starting pitcher. By dotting the fastball around the plate and mixing in his breaking pitches, Cole allowed only three Cardinals baserunners over six innings to help get the Pirates a 7-1 victory. “Dynamite from pitch one,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “Angles of the breaking...

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Pirates Beat the Cardinals 7-1 to Even the Series
Oct04

Pirates Beat the Cardinals 7-1 to Even the Series

In a noble quest for more pageviews, we present our Pirates Prospects liveblog of NLDS Game 2. Wait, let me try that again. To better serve our wonderful readers who may not be able to watch this playoff game due to: not having MLB Network, working, not having MLB Network, etc., we present our Pirates liveblog of NLDS Game 2. It’s me, James Santelli, and Tim Williams providing updates throughout the afternoon when 140 characters...

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Game 2 Starter Lance Lynn: Fastball Devil The Pirates Know
Oct04

Game 2 Starter Lance Lynn: Fastball Devil The Pirates Know

Hello again, Lance Lynn. NLDS Game 2 represents the 10th time Lynn has started against the Pirates since the start of the 2012 season, providing a familiar face and arm for Pittsburgh’s attempt to even up the playoff series. The Bucs have produced many runs against the Cardinals’ right-handed starter in that timespan: in 50.1 innings, Lynn has posted a 5.19 ERA despite 54 strikeouts and 21 walks. Beyond the results, simply...

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Pirates Focus on Game 2 Bounceback, Avoiding 2-0 Deficit
Oct04

Pirates Focus on Game 2 Bounceback, Avoiding 2-0 Deficit

Leave it to Andrew McCutchen to provide an ounce of perspective following the Pirates’ first-ever NLDS loss. “One team had to win, one team had to lose,” the Pirates center fielder said. “We’re the team that had to lose tonight.” Hey, it’s not deep, but it’s true. The playoffs create a cauldron for The Narrative™ to emerge, no matter what that narrative is. And there is no better source...

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What Led to A.J. Burnett’s Seven-Run Inning?
Oct03

What Led to A.J. Burnett’s Seven-Run Inning?

Busch Stadium has been the home of several A.J. Burnett nightmares, but his Thursday afternoon was a new day terror. The St. Louis Cardinals attacked Burnett for seven runs without recording an out in the 3rd inning of National League Division Series Game 1. The veteran right-hander escaped a no-out jam in the 2nd by generating two groundballs, but nothing worked out for Burnett in the next frame as all eight batters reached base to...

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