Bullpen Wars: Why Pirates-Cardinals Could Be Decided in Relief
Oct03

Bullpen Wars: Why Pirates-Cardinals Could Be Decided in Relief

A five-game playoff series shines a light on every aspect of your team. Stars will shine brighter and flaws will be exposed. In this National League Division Series, the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates share at least one similar strength: a quality bullpen of mostly young arms. Look at some of the key season stats: Category Cardinals Pirates FIP 2nd (3.26) 4th (3.35) SIERA 1st (3.19) 5th (3.39) ERA- 8th (95) 2nd (79) K% 5th...

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Pittsburgh as Baseball Town: How the 2013 Pirates Brought Back the Fever
Oct02

Pittsburgh as Baseball Town: How the 2013 Pirates Brought Back the Fever

In the closing seasons of the losing streak, it became true for people to say “the Pirates have not won in a generation.” Years became decades, and soon young people who never knew anything but losing baseball in Pittsburgh were going off to college or starting families. Born in 1992, I am that generation. Tuesday night’s Wild Card victory was important for all Pirates fans, but it had a little more significance for...

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Pirates Playoff Odds: Bucs Close to Clinching, But Division Underdogs
Sep19

Pirates Playoff Odds: Bucs Close to Clinching, But Division Underdogs

The Pirates are making the playoffs, barring an unprecedented disaster. Pittsburgh’s postseason odds are at 99.6 percent, meaning there is a 1-in-250-chance the Bucs are shut out of the playoffs. However, posting an 8-9 September record that includes being swept in St. Louis has pushed the Pirates from being favorites in the NL Central division (12.4 percent odds). There is a 78-percent chance the NL Wild Card game will be a...

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Pirates Playoff Odds: Bucs Now Underdogs in NL Central
Sep09

Pirates Playoff Odds: Bucs Now Underdogs in NL Central

So it turns out being swept by the St. Louis Cardinals hurts your chances of winning the National League Central division. The Pittsburgh Pirates dropped all three games at Busch Stadium this weekend, by a margin of 26-10, to move from odds-on division favorite to underdogs in the Central. Let’s look at the standings for the three-team fight: St. Louis: 83-60 Pittsburgh: 81-61 (1.5 games back) Cincinnati: 82-62 (1.5 games back)...

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Pirates’ Playoff Roster Following Waiver Trade Deadline
Sep01

Pirates’ Playoff Roster Following Waiver Trade Deadline

Anyone in the organization on Aug. 31 is eligible for a postseason roster, but where do you start?

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