First Pitch: Jeff Locke’s Season Should Be Over
Sep23

First Pitch: Jeff Locke’s Season Should Be Over

Jeff Locke had a bad day. The left-hander gave up five runs in the first inning to the Cincinnati Reds, putting the Pirates deep in a hole in an important game for their playoff chances. Jeff Locke has had a bad second half. Since his last start in July, Locke has a 7.42 ERA in 44.2 innings, including today’s outing. During that time he only made it 6+ innings once. He had a few decent starts, and one dominant outing against the...

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First Pitch: The Bullpen Gets a Boost in Time For the Playoffs
Sep22

First Pitch: The Bullpen Gets a Boost in Time For the Playoffs

The Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen has been lights out all year. Lately that same bullpen has been without two of the top performers this season. I’m not talking about the struggles from Mark Melancon, since Melancon is still a dominant pitcher, and the blown saves this week were hardly anything to worry about. I’m talking about Jason Grilli and Justin Wilson. Grilli returned at the start of the month, but has been limited...

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First Pitch: Playoff Races Kind of Suck
Sep21

First Pitch: Playoff Races Kind of Suck

For so many years the Pirates were on the outside of a playoff race. You could watch all of the contending teams, maybe pick a team you wanted to cheer on, but with no attachments you could just cheer for good baseball. Good baseball is being played right now in the NL Central. And it sucks if you follow one of those NL Central teams. The Reds came back in the ninth inning tonight against the Pirates, then won in extra innings. That...

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First Pitch: Gerrit Cole Starting to Look Like an Ace When it Counts
Sep20

First Pitch: Gerrit Cole Starting to Look Like an Ace When it Counts

Gerrit Cole has always projected as the future ace of the Pittsburgh Pirates. That future could be sooner than expected. Tonight Cole had another dominant start, which was his third straight outing where he posted a high strikeout total. This time Cole struck out 12 in 6 innings, which is a remarkable total. That gives him 28 strikeouts in 20 innings over his last three starts. He had 29 strikeouts in 35.2 innings in his six starts...

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First Pitch: Why Do the Pirates Lose to Bad Teams Right Before Playing Good Teams?
Sep19

First Pitch: Why Do the Pirates Lose to Bad Teams Right Before Playing Good Teams?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost three in a row to the San Diego Padres, which means you’re going to hear a lot of questions that you’ve heard in the past. The main question will be “how can they win against the Reds if they can’t even beat the Padres?” If that sounds familiar, it’s probably because it’s very similar to these questions. “How can they beat the Cardinals after dropping two...

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First Pitch: Is Going to a Live Sporting Event Better Than the Alternatives?
Sep18

First Pitch: Is Going to a Live Sporting Event Better Than the Alternatives?

I can’t say that I care at all about the A.J. Burnett tweet tonight about empty seats at PNC Park. If you missed it, here it is: Lots of empty seats. Lots! — AJ Burnett (@wudeydo34) September 18, 2013 That of course caused an uproar, which is usually what happens when you suggest that fans should be at the game when they aren’t. Of course Burnett wasn’t really saying that — he was only commenting that...

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