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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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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