Pirates Eliminated from Playoffs in 8-0 Loss to the Giants
Oct02

Pirates Eliminated from Playoffs in 8-0 Loss to the Giants

For the entirety of Edinson Volquez’s career, he’s walked the tightrope, teeter-totterring between success and failure. For the majority of it, he’s fallen under the former category, a trend he broke this season. Today, he reverted back to his old self, serving up a fatal grand slam to Brandon Crawford in the 4th, as the San Francisco Giants shutout the Pirates 8-0, eliminating them from the playoffs. After setting the Giants down in...

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Pirates and Giants Announce Lineups For Wild Card Game
Oct01

Pirates and Giants Announce Lineups For Wild Card Game

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced their lineup for the Wild Card Game. 1. Josh Harrison – 3B 2. Jordy Mercer – SS 3. Andrew McCutchen – CF 4. Russell Martin – C 5. Starling Marte – LF 6. Neil Walker – 2B 7. Gaby Sanchez – 1B 8. Travis Snider – RF 9. Edinson Volquez – RHP No big surprises here. With the lefty, Madison Bumgarner on the mound, the Pirates are loading up on guys...

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Is Edinson Volquez Better Than His Advanced Metrics Show?
Oct01

Is Edinson Volquez Better Than His Advanced Metrics Show?

When the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Edinson Volquez for $5 M last year, there were no predictions that he would be pitching in the NL Wild Card Game this October. Instead, the predictions were more along the lines of “When will the Pirates replace Volquez in the rotation?” and “There is no way they return to the playoffs.” And yet, here we are on October 1st, and Edinson Volquez is pitching in the biggest game...

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Pirates Set Their Wild Card Roster
Oct01

Pirates Set Their Wild Card Roster

The Pittsburgh Pirates released their Wild Card roster today, making the final decisions on who they will have available to them in tonight’s game against the San Francisco Giants. The rosters are below, and thoughts on the rosters are below that. Pitchers (9) Edinson Volquez Mark Melancon Tony Watson John Holdzkom Jeff Locke Jared Hughes Justin Wilson Vance Worley Bobby LaFromboise Catchers (3) Russell Martin Chris Stewart Tony...

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Pirates Fans Could Establish PNC Park as the Toughest Playoff Baseball Atmosphere
Oct01

Pirates Fans Could Establish PNC Park as the Toughest Playoff Baseball Atmosphere

Tonight the Pittsburgh Pirates will take on the San Francisco Giants, hosting the NL Wild Card Game for the second straight year at PNC Park. Last year, the Wild Card Game featured one of the best baseball atmospheres I’ve ever witnessed. The players noticed this as well. “It was unbelievably loud. I couldn’t hear myself talk,” Andrew McCutchen said. “You’ve got 40,000+ people on their feet,...

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How Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer Became One of the Best 3B/SS Combos in the NL
Sep30

How Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer Became One of the Best 3B/SS Combos in the NL

During the first two months of the season, if I would have told you that the Pittsburgh Pirates would have finished the 2014 season with one of the best shortstop/third base combos in the NL, you would have said I was crazy. Pedro Alvarez couldn’t complete a throw to first base to save his life. Jordy Mercer was struggling offensively, finishing the month of May with a .508 OPS on the season. But everything changed in June, and...

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