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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What Kind of Pressure Will Gerrit Cole Have as a Rookie in the Playoffs?
Oct04

What Kind of Pressure Will Gerrit Cole Have as a Rookie in the Playoffs?

Rookie pitchers don’t usually make big playoff starts. People constantly point to David Price as an example of a rookie who pitched in the World Series, but Price only pitched in relief in the ALCS and World Series in 2008. Last night’s Cardinals starter, Adam Wainwright, pitched in the post-season in 2006, but it was also in relief. One of the rare situations where a rookie starter played a big role was with Justin...

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First Pitch: Gerrit Cole Making the Key Start in This Series
Oct04

First Pitch: Gerrit Cole Making the Key Start in This Series

Gerrit Cole is a future ace. In the last month he has been pitching like a current ace. And tomorrow he is going to need to be an ace. An ace is a stopper. An ace is a guy who you throw out for must-win games. Tomorrow is about as must-win as you can get this season. The Pirates are down 1-0 in a best of five series. It’s not a surprise that they lost to Adam Wainwright. If you were looking at the matchups coming into the...

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Nothing Goes Right For the Pirates As They Drop Game One 9-1
Oct03

Nothing Goes Right For the Pirates As They Drop Game One 9-1

Coming into this game, you expected Adam Wainwright to be his dominant self. He was. Wainwright threw seven innings, giving up one run on three hits, with no walks and nine strikeouts. The lone run came off Pedro Alvarez, who hit a solo homer in the fifth inning. “We’ve seen him along those lines before,” Clint Hurdle said. “You know, the curveball plays so well.  Every once in a while they get me over for...

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Why Did Clint Hurdle Delay Pulling A.J. Burnett?
Oct03

Why Did Clint Hurdle Delay Pulling A.J. Burnett?

A.J. Burnett didn’t have a good day. He was rocked in the third inning, but the struggles started before that. James Santelli has the full breakdown of what led to Burnett’s struggles on the day. That poor third inning, combined with the fact that Burnett was struggling prior to the inning, raises the question of why he wasn’t pulled earlier. Things didn’t look good when he walked Adam Wainwright to start the...

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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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