Pirates Notebook: How Justin Wilson and First-Year Relievers Face Long Season
Aug20

Pirates Notebook: How Justin Wilson and First-Year Relievers Face Long Season

SAN DIEGO — If you’re trying to pinpoint why the Pirates’ bullpen continues to be one of baseball’s best, Justin Wilson has shown you. As the Pittsburgh reliever who has thrown the most innings, Wilson leads all National League rookies in ERA (1.97) and batting average against (.183). But one year ago today when Wilson made his Major League debut at Petco Park, he was merely at the start of his transition from...

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Pirates Playoff Odds: NL Central Could Be St. Louis-Pittsburgh Dead Heat
Aug20

Pirates Playoff Odds: NL Central Could Be St. Louis-Pittsburgh Dead Heat

The Pittsburgh Pirates have a 98-percent chance to make the playoffs and a 36-percent chance to win the National League Central division, according to combined odds from Baseball Prospectus and Clay Davenport. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington says he does not even glance at the NL Wild Card standings. “I really don’t look at standings, actually, because my focus is doing everything we can to prepare,”...

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Liriano Dominates, Alvarez Scores Himself Twice in 3-1 Pirates Win
Aug20

Liriano Dominates, Alvarez Scores Himself Twice in 3-1 Pirates Win

SAN DIEGO — Once again, Franky said to Pirates fans: Relax. Coming off the team’s two rough losses, starting pitcher Francisco Liriano sliced up the San Diego Padres for a season-high 13 strikeouts over seven shutout innings to pave the Pirates’ way to a 3-1 road-trip-opening victory. “I’ve been getting a lot of swing-and-misses right now,” Liriano said about the start that followed his...

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Pirates Notebook: West Coast Swing to Challenge Pirates Again
Aug19

Pirates Notebook: West Coast Swing to Challenge Pirates Again

Fans who keep a close eye on the calendar may notice the Pirates’ August déjà vu. On Sunday, August 19, 2012, the Pirates won a 19-inning game over the St. Louis Cardinals, then traveled to San Diego. The Padres swept the Bucs and Petco, and Pittsburgh started into a tailspin of 23 losses in 30 games. On Sunday, August 18, 2013, the Pirates lost a 16-inning game to the Arizona Diamondbacks, then traveled to San Diego. That date...

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Pirates Lose 4-2 in 16 Innings as Offense Flounders
Aug18

Pirates Lose 4-2 in 16 Innings as Offense Flounders

Kris Johnson was the man who least deserved to be charged with the loss and make the final out of the Pirates’ 16-inning home defeat to the Arizona Diamondbacks. In his Major League debut, the left-hander pitched five scoreless innings of relief and allowed only one baserunner into scoring position over those frames. But the rookie gave up a walk and line-drive single in the 16th, then Arizona’s Adam Eaton knocked an...

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Pirates Lose 15-5 as Jeff Locke Falls Apart in 3rd Inning
Aug17

Pirates Lose 15-5 as Jeff Locke Falls Apart in 3rd Inning

Let’s start by looking at Jeff Locke’s results after his disastrous Saturday outing of 10 hits and eight runs allowed over 2.2 innings: 1st Half of 2013 - 2.06 ERA, 1.13 WHIP 2nd Half of 2013 - 4.78 ERA, 2.02 WHIP Again, those are the results via FanGraphs. Locke had good results before the All-Star break and has bad results since. Now let’s look at the process after the Pirates’ 15-5 home loss to the Arizona...

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