Pirates Playoff Odds After Trading for Marlon Byrd, John Buck
Aug29

Pirates Playoff Odds After Trading for Marlon Byrd, John Buck

It would take a Hindenburg-esque crash for the Pirates to miss the MLB postseason (98-percent chance Bucs make it), but it is unlikely they will take the NL Central over the St. Louis Cardinals (32 percent). The Bucs can shoulder some blame. The Pirates are 12-13 in August, a month that started with their 13-0 loss to the Cards. Meanwhile, St. Louis has rolled off a 16-11 record since the July 31 trade deadline, including those two...

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MLB Playoff Roster: 9 Important Points You Should Know
Aug29

MLB Playoff Roster: 9 Important Points You Should Know

Learn about how “flex spots” for injured players will allow the Pirates to get creative — and use players like Tony Sanchez and Jeff Locke.

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Frank Coonelly: Pirates Plan Payroll Increase, Ticket “Price Adjustments”
Aug28

Frank Coonelly: Pirates Plan Payroll Increase, Ticket “Price Adjustments”

The Pirates plan to increase their Major League payroll next season, team president Frank Coonelly told Pirates Prospects. The team has raised overall salary for its MLB players by about $9 million per year each of the last three years, according to a “strategic plan” for payroll Coonelly discussed in a one-on-one interview. “Our plans that we’ve put in place a year, two years ago, have us showing another...

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Frank Coonelly: Replay System May Not Increase Game Length
Aug26

Frank Coonelly: Replay System May Not Increase Game Length

Major League Baseball’s planned challenge system for controversial calls will not necessarily make games longer, according to Pirates president Frank Coonelly. Cutting down long-winded arguments between managers and umpires is part and parcel to the replay system MLB unveiled earlier this month, likely to be implemented for the 2014 season. Home-plate umpires will have “quick communication” with the instant replay...

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Vogelsong, Giants Hold Pirates to Only Three Hits in 4-0 Loss
Aug25

Vogelsong, Giants Hold Pirates to Only Three Hits in 4-0 Loss

SAN FRANCISCO — The Pirates went more than two months between games in which they were held scoreless and recorded three hits or fewer. On this Sunday afternoon, it was the Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong who shut down the Bucs in a 4-0 San Francisco victory. The last time? Matt Cain pitched into the 7th as the Giants beat the Pirates 10-0 in Pittsburgh on June 13. Once and again for a below-average Pittsburgh offense....

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