Playoff Race Update: Cardinals Clinch the NL Central
Sep28

Playoff Race Update: Cardinals Clinch the NL Central

In order for the Pirates to clinch the NL Central, they needed to sweep the Reds, have the Cubs sweep the Cardinals, and then win a one game tiebreaker on Monday against St. Louis. Basically, we knew that the Cardinals were going to win. And tonight they clinched it early with a 7-0 win over the Cubs. NL Central Cardinals 7, Cubs 0 Pirates 4, Reds 1 The Cardinals clinched the division. Wild Card Pirates 4, Reds 1 The Pirates need to...

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Should Francisco Liriano Start the Wild Card Game on the Road?
Sep25

Should Francisco Liriano Start the Wild Card Game on the Road?

Today Francisco Liriano struggled on the road against the Chicago Cubs. That’s not a new thing. Liriano has been much better at home this year than he has on the road. Prior to today’s game he had a 1.47 ERA at home, and a 4.15 ERA on the road. The FIP numbers are a little closer, with a 2.50 FIP at home, and a 3.29 FIP on the road. This afternoon Liriano had 90 pitches through five innings. That was even after a short...

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Playoff Race Update: This Weekend Determines Home Field in the WC Game
Sep25

Playoff Race Update: This Weekend Determines Home Field in the WC Game

The Pirates had a chance to go up two games on the Reds today. Cincinnati lost 1-0 to the Mets, but the Pirates lost to the Cubs after a Darnell McDonald three run homer. The two game lead would have been significant, as it would have meant the Pirates would have only needed one win this weekend against the Reds for home field advantage in the Wild Card game. Below are the scenarios for the division and home field advantage in the...

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Gerrit Cole Continues His Ace-Like Month of September
Sep25

Gerrit Cole Continues His Ace-Like Month of September

There weren’t many innings where tonight’s game was in question. The only time it was really close was in the sixth inning. Gerrit Cole had gone five innings, giving up just one run, but ran into trouble in the sixth and put the game on the line despite a five run lead. The right-hander started off with two singles and a walk to load the bases with no outs. He got Anthony Rizzo to ground to Jordy Mercer, who misplayed what...

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Playoff Race Update: Pirates Take The Lead For WC Home Field Advantage
Sep24

Playoff Race Update: Pirates Take The Lead For WC Home Field Advantage

Last night the Pirates and Reds clinched the playoffs. Now the only races to watch are the NL Central race, and who will get home field in the Wild Card game. The Cardinals won again tonight as Michael Wacha came one out away from a no hitter. They kept their two game lead, and as outlined below, it will be hard to catch them in their final four games. The Pirates beat up on the Cubs, while the Reds lost to the Mets 4-2, with Vic...

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A Marte Partay, a Block, Electric Stuff, But Morneau’s Defense Was the Key
Sep24

A Marte Partay, a Block, Electric Stuff, But Morneau’s Defense Was the Key

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a wild finish to tonight’s game. It started in the eighth inning when Mark Melancon came on to protect a one run lead. Melancon gave up a run on two hits for his third straight blown save. He got out of the inning with a 1-1 tie, sending it to the ninth inning. That’s when Starling Marte came up huge with a solo home run to left field, bailing Melancon out and putting the Pirates back on top with...

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