First Pitch: No One to Blame For Pirates’ Wild Card Game Loss
Oct02

First Pitch: No One to Blame For Pirates’ Wild Card Game Loss

Heading into the Wild Card game, there was a lot of debate about whether the Pittsburgh Pirates should have held Gerrit Cole back on Sunday, yielded the division to the St. Louis Cardinals, and saved Cole for the Giants. Cole ended up dominating, but the Pirates lost. Things didn’t go well tonight for Edinson Volquez tonight, and anyone saying Cole should have been the starter is definitely on the right side of things. Clint...

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The Single Good Moment From Tonight’s Wild Card Game Loss
Oct02

The Single Good Moment From Tonight’s Wild Card Game Loss

There weren’t many good moments in tonight’s 8-0 Wild Card Game loss by the Pittsburgh Pirates. In fact, you could argue that after the pre-game excitement, there was only one good moment. That came in the ninth inning, during Russell Martin’s final at-bat. The game was easily decided by this point, which meant Martin was coming to the plate possibly for the last time as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The...

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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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Clint Hurdle on the Roles for Worley and Locke, and Morel over d’Arnaud
Oct01

Clint Hurdle on the Roles for Worley and Locke, and Morel over d’Arnaud

Earlier today the Pittsburgh Pirates released their Wild Card roster. There weren’t too many surprises. When asked if he considered Francisco Liriano in a relief role, Clint Hurdle simply said “No.” He also discussed a few of the moves that rounded out the roster. The Roles For Vance Worley and Jeff Locke Last year the Pirates went with Francisco Liriano as their starter, although they had Gerrit Cole on the Wild...

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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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