Pirates Notebook: Command and Confidence
Sep13

Pirates Notebook: Command and Confidence

The month of August was a challenging one for Jeff Locke, to say the least. He finished winless in the month, and with a 8.02 ERA. In fact, the entire second half of 2013 had been the polar opposite for the Pirates’ lefty after he earned an All-Star nod in the season’s first half. Thursday, Locke looked like that pitcher once again when he pitched through seven innings for the first time in a long time, and allowed just...

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Pirates Open 11-Game Homestand with 3-1 Victory
Sep12

Pirates Open 11-Game Homestand with 3-1 Victory

While the Chicago Cubs took an early 1-0 lead Thursday night, the Pirates (85-61) appeared in control of the team’s series-opener throughout. Jeff Locke tossed his best start since the All-Star Break, and the Pirates cruised to a 3-1 victory despite falling behind in the third inning by a one-run margin. Locke kept the Cubs from recording a hit until Darnell McDonald led off the third with a ground-rule double into the Notch,...

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Pirates Notebook: Previewing the Cubs
Sep12

Pirates Notebook: Previewing the Cubs

Tonight the Pirates return after a 10-game road trip to open up a 11-game homestand with four games against the Chicago Cubs. The Pirates are 7-5 against the Cubs this season, and will play three more games in Chicago before the season series is over. With three wins at home this weekend, the Pirates (84-61) would ensure themselves the advantage in the season slate between the two teams. The Cubs enter PNC Park on a relative high...

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Pirates Post First Winning Season Since 1992
Sep09

Pirates Post First Winning Season Since 1992

Five games ago, Gerrit Cole won game number 81, ending the Pirates’ 20-year losing streak. It was one of his best starts of the year, and was only topped by tonight’s outing, which just happened to be win number 82. As far as symbolism goes, having Gerrit Cole end the losing streak, and then post the first winning season is great. The losing streak began because of the departure of plenty of talented players, including...

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Pirates Playoff Odds: Bucs Now Underdogs in NL Central
Sep09

Pirates Playoff Odds: Bucs Now Underdogs in NL Central

So it turns out being swept by the St. Louis Cardinals hurts your chances of winning the National League Central division. The Pittsburgh Pirates dropped all three games at Busch Stadium this weekend, by a margin of 26-10, to move from odds-on division favorite to underdogs in the Central. Let’s look at the standings for the three-team fight: St. Louis: 83-60 Pittsburgh: 81-61 (1.5 games back) Cincinnati: 82-62 (1.5 games back)...

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Pirates End the Losing Streak on Travis Snider’s Home Run
Sep04

Pirates End the Losing Streak on Travis Snider’s Home Run

81 wins. The Pirates haven’t reached that level since 1992. And after 20 years of losing, they’ve finally ended the losing streak in the most unlikeliest of ways. Travis Snider came up big in the top of the ninth inning, hitting a solo homer, which was his fourth of the year, and giving the Pirates a 4-3 lead and their eventual streak ending 81st win of the season. Just like it was drawn up when the Brad Lincoln trade was...

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