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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First Pitch: If That’s All For A.J. Burnett…
Sep28

First Pitch: If That’s All For A.J. Burnett…

Tonight may have been the final start for A.J. Burnett in a Pirates uniform. There’s the chance that he could pitch in the playoffs, but that can only happen if the Pirates win the Wild Card game against the Reds on Tuesday. There’s a chance he could return next year, but that’s not a guarantee. If this was the final start for Burnett, then he went out with a bang. He absolutely dominated the Reds, putting the...

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First Pitch: The Biggest Story in the Pirates Minor League System This Year
Sep27

First Pitch: The Biggest Story in the Pirates Minor League System This Year

This afternoon I had a radio interview with Daniel Dudley of TribLIVE Radio, which has pretty much been a weekly thing each Thursday afternoon this season. Today Dan asked me a question I was all too prepared for, and not because I knew it was coming. The question actually surprised me, but it’s a topic I’ve been thinking about a lot this year. I was asked how this season has felt as someone who has followed the farm...

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