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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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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First Pitch: Pirates Advance to Face the Cardinals in the NLDS
Oct02

First Pitch: Pirates Advance to Face the Cardinals in the NLDS

Not much to say, other than linking to all of the coverage tonight. I’m heading to St. Louis tomorrow, and James Santelli will be joining me on Thursday for coverage of the series against the St. Louis Cardinals. James and Nate will have left-over coverage of the Wild Card game tomorrow, plus we’ll have a look ahead at the Cardinals. For now, here is the Wild Card content. **The Pirates Bought a Wild Card Win Against the...

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First Pitch: Pirates Showing a Lot of Confidence in Liriano
Oct01

First Pitch: Pirates Showing a Lot of Confidence in Liriano

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a chance to load up on plenty of relievers for the one game Wild Card matchup. Instead, they went the opposite route. Based on comments by Clint Hurdle today, the team will carry 16 position players and nine pitchers. The pitchers include Liriano, Gerrit Cole, and the seven regular relievers from the 2013 season. With the exception of Cole, the Pirates are managing this game just like any other game, from a...

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First Pitch: Are the Pirates a Sign That Baseball is a Fair Game?
Sep30

First Pitch: Are the Pirates a Sign That Baseball is a Fair Game?

Earlier this week it was announced that Bud Selig would retire after the 2014 season. I would believe this, but Selig has said this before. This is about the sixth or seventh time that Selig has said he would be retiring, so it’s hard to take this announcement seriously. One aspect of Selig’s reign as commissioner is that baseball seems to favor big market teams, while making it harder on smaller markets to compete. Selig...

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First Pitch: Getting Hot at the Right Time
Sep29

First Pitch: Getting Hot at the Right Time

There’s one thing I’ve been saying in a lot of different articles over the past few days, and it remained true today: the Pirates have a lot of players who are getting hot at the right time. The playoffs are set up in a way where, once you’re in, you can win it all. Anyone can win a one game Wild Card matchup. Anyone can win a best of five or a best of seven series. It’s not as much about talent in these cases....

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