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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Pirates Being Favored Over Cardinals in Stat Friendly Previews
Oct03

Pirates Being Favored Over Cardinals in Stat Friendly Previews

If you strongly favor statistical analysis, then your stance on RISP numbers is that it is not a predictive value. So while the St. Louis Cardinals have an amazing .330 average with runners in scoring position, going forward they should be expected to be closer to their .269 average overall. It’s not a surprise that previews from people who think this way are picking the Pirates over the Cardinals in the NLDS. Rany Jazayerli has...

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Pirates Release NLDS Roster
Oct03

Pirates Release NLDS Roster

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released their NLDS roster, which can be seen below. Pitchers (11) A.J. Burnett – Starter Gerrit Cole – Starter Francisco Liriano – Starter Charlie Morton – Starter Jason Grilli Mark Melancon Justin Wilson Tony Watson Jeanmar Gomez Vin Mazzaro Bryan Morris Catchers (2) Russell Martin John Buck Infielders (8) Justin Morneau Garrett Jones Gaby Sanchez Neil Walker Josh Harrison Jordy...

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Can A.J. Burnett Have Success at Busch Stadium?
Oct03

Can A.J. Burnett Have Success at Busch Stadium?

The Pirates open up the NLDS on the road against the St. Louis Cardinals today. The opening matchup features the Cardinals ace, Adam Wainwright, and the leader of the Pirates staff and number two ace, A.J. Burnett. When you look at the roles on their respective teams, Wainwright and Burnett match up well. When you look at the numbers against their NLDS opponents, the numbers favor Wainwright, especially at Busch stadium. A big...

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First Pitch: The Cardinals Have No Advantage Over the Pirates
Oct03

First Pitch: The Cardinals Have No Advantage Over the Pirates

Each time the Pirates have played the Cardinals this year, the popular opinion has been that the Cardinals will be nearly unbeatable. Granted, a lot of the matchups between the two teams were preceded by the Pirates losing against bad opponents, which led to questions about how they could beat a good opponent. The Cardinals were the number one seed in the National League, so viewing them as a difficult opponent is totally natural. But...

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