Playoff Odds: Pirates Getting Hot at the Right Time
Sep12

Playoff Odds: Pirates Getting Hot at the Right Time

The past week went about as good as you could hope for when it comes to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ playoff chances. The Pirates went 6-1 against the Cubs and Phillies. Meanwhile, the Braves went 2-4, the Brewers went 3-4, and the Cardinals went 3-4, including going 1-3 against the Reds. As a result, the Pirates enter the weekend with a 1.5 game lead in the second Wild Card spot, and sit 2.5 games back in the NL Central. The¬†playoff...

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Morning Report: What Happens When You Get Drafted by a Winter League Team?
Sep12

Morning Report: What Happens When You Get Drafted by a Winter League Team?

There has been a lot of recent news from the winter leagues, so today’s Morning Report is a recap of what’s been going on, along with expanding on the article covering the Dominican Winter League draft from yesterday. Last weekend we took a look at all of the Pirates players on the Mexican Pacific League roster of the Mazatlan Deer, and what we could expect from those players in winter ball. The situation with the...

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First Pitch: How Russell Martin Went From a Perceived Bad Signing to a Must-Sign Player
Sep12

First Pitch: How Russell Martin Went From a Perceived Bad Signing to a Must-Sign Player

There was a lot of talk about Russell Martin today, including an article from our own Ryan Palencer, who talked with some of the Pirates’ pitchers last week about their catcher. I thought it was an interesting article, because you always hear the general compliments about Martin from the pitchers, but this went a little deeper into how exactly Martin helps his pitchers. Of course, any article this time of year about Martin is...

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The Chemistry Russell Martin Brings to the Pirates’ Pitching Staff
Sep11

The Chemistry Russell Martin Brings to the Pirates’ Pitching Staff

You’ve probably heard all about Russell Martin’s work with his pitching staff. It seems that following every good outing, there is a quote made from one of his pitchers about how Martin impacted the game that night. In most cases, these would seem like throwaway lines made out of courtesy from the pitcher to share the success with his teammates. But the comments are made so often, and in so many different ways, that it...

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Morning Report: Former Pirates Bringing High Heat For the Competition
Sep11

Morning Report: Former Pirates Bringing High Heat For the Competition

The Pittsburgh Pirates have had some bullpen issues this year, but they are still right in the middle of a playoff chase. One of the teams they are chasing is the San Francisco Giants, who hold the first Wild Card spot. The Giants recently called up two pitchers to reinforce their bullpen and both of them can hit triple digits on the radar gun. They are also both former Pittsburgh Pirates minor league players. On September 1st against...

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First Pitch: Has Pedro Alvarez Played His Last Game With the Pirates?
Sep11

First Pitch: Has Pedro Alvarez Played His Last Game With the Pirates?

Today it was announced that Pedro Alvarez would be out 4-6 weeks with a foot injury. That pretty much ends his season, and unless the Pirates make it deep in the post-season, it means he’s probably done for the year. Then there’s the other situation involving Alvarez, where he is now finished with one of the worst years of his career, which featured a drop in power, and some horrible defense at third base that led to an...

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