First Pitch: The Texas Sweep Puts the Pirates in a Good Position
Sep12

First Pitch: The Texas Sweep Puts the Pirates in a Good Position

Things looked pretty bleak for the Pittsburgh Pirates coming out of the weekend. They had lost four in a row for only the fourth time this season, including a three game sweep against the St. Louis Cardinals. There was the upcoming eight game home stretch to look forward to, but first there was the Texas Rangers, on the road. If you were thinking sweep after watching the Cardinals series, then you probably weren’t alone. But I...

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First Pitch: When Will the Pirates Be Recognized as a Good Team?
Sep11

First Pitch: When Will the Pirates Be Recognized as a Good Team?

The Pirates came into this series against the Texas Rangers fresh off a four game losing streak. They were swept by the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend, and fell 1.5 games out of first place. Naturally, they would have been lucky to win one game against the Texas Rangers. The six games against the Reds at the end of the season would also be difficult. They would need to pad the win column against the Cubs and Padres, except...

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First Pitch: Winners Again
Sep10

First Pitch: Winners Again

I probably should have written my First Pitch article tonight before a bottle of champagne and six beers. But honestly there are so many thoughts tonight on the streak that I don’t know what I’d write here. So be sure to check out the short game recap from win number 82 tonight. Then check out this 8000+ word post recapping all of the big events from the streak. Also, below are the other links. Check back tomorrow morning...

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First Pitch: Here is Why the Pirates Have Been Contending All Year
Sep09

First Pitch: Here is Why the Pirates Have Been Contending All Year

Today the Pirates lost 9-2 to the St. Louis Cardinals, getting swept in the weekend series, and falling out of first place by 1.5 games. In the process they also did something that has only happened four times this season: lost four in a row. The Pirates have yet to lose more than four in a row this season, which is a streak that will be put to the test tomorrow against the Texas Rangers and Yu Darvish. They have previously lost four...

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First Pitch: How the Pirates Could Stretch Wandy Rodriguez Out in the Majors
Sep08

First Pitch: How the Pirates Could Stretch Wandy Rodriguez Out in the Majors

Now that rosters have expanded, the Pittsburgh Pirates have a lot of starting options. The problem is that they only have three rotation spots that look to be locked down at the moment. Francisco Liriano has been fantastic this year, with the occasional bad start mixed in. The strange thing about Liriano is that he’s lights out when the Pirates are on a losing streak heading into his start, but he struggles when the Pirates are...

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First Pitch: The Pirates Are Basically in the Playoffs Right Now
Sep07

First Pitch: The Pirates Are Basically in the Playoffs Right Now

I’ve never gotten caught up in the results of individual games. The Pirates can lose, and within minutes I’ve forgotten about the game. Some tough losses stick with you for a little bit, but individual games don’t have a huge impact on me, positive or negative. A big part of that is because I’ve been writing for so many years that this is more like a job than entertainment. When it was just a hobby, I...

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