Pirates Notebook: Neil Walker Has Been a Hit in August
Aug15

Pirates Notebook: Neil Walker Has Been a Hit in August

While the Pirates’ overall offense is slowly accelerating this month (11th in the NL in runs, 6th in OPS), Neil Walker has shifted gears entirely. Pittsburgh’s second baseman has been one of the league’s most productive players in August, hitting¬†.362 with an .893 OPS. Only Arizona’s hot-hitting Aaron Hill (.391 BA, 1.146 OPS) is performing better than Walker this month among NL second basemen. Walker has built...

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A Detailed Look at Francisco Liriano: The Stopper
Aug15

A Detailed Look at Francisco Liriano: The Stopper

Last night’s loss was a tough loss. The Pirates were coming off a three game sweep against the Colorado Rockies. They had a three game lead in the NL Central over the St. Louis Cardinals, with a big three game series against the Cardinals coming up. Taking the first game against St. Louis would send a message. The Pirates came close to sending that message, up until a rare error by Starling Marte sent the game to extra innings....

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Pirates Fall to Cardinals 4-3 in Miscue-Filled 14-Inning Thriller
Aug14

Pirates Fall to Cardinals 4-3 in Miscue-Filled 14-Inning Thriller

That was an awful way for the Pirates to lose. From dropped fly balls, to missed scoring chances, to standing still at third base, to not taking advantage of near-miraculous bullpen escapes… But the result of Pittsburgh’s 4-3 extra-innings loss to the Cardinals is very simple: instead of leading the National League Central by four games, they lead it by two games. That is the true result of dropping the series opener at...

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Pirates Playoff Odds: Bucs Get Chance to Attack vs. Cardinals, D-Backs
Aug13

Pirates Playoff Odds: Bucs Get Chance to Attack vs. Cardinals, D-Backs

This upcoming week is the most important so far in determining the Pirates’ overall playoff chances and division-winning chances. The Bucs get three games against the St. Louis Cardinals to extend their lead in the National League Central, then they play three against the Arizona Diamondbacks to chip away at their magic number for a playoff berth. Their current playoff odds sit at 98.2 percent. It’s easy to see why this...

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Pirates Complete Third Straight Comeback Win to Sweep Marlins 5-4
Aug08

Pirates Complete Third Straight Comeback Win to Sweep Marlins 5-4

Tuesday, they trailed 3-0. Wednesday, they trailed 2-0. Thursday, they trailed 4-0. No problem, no problem and no problem for baseball’s best team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Miami Marlins grabbed the series’ largest lead in the finale, but the Pirates used timely hitting and five shutout relief innings to complete their 28th comeback win and a PNC Park-record 9th walkoff victory.¬†Thursday afternoon’s pinch-hit hero...

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Charlie Morton Grounds Marlins in 4-2 Pirates Victory
Aug07

Charlie Morton Grounds Marlins in 4-2 Pirates Victory

Charlie Morton is the ground ball. The ground ball, Charlie. Morton played grounders for seven innings of Pittsburgh’s 4-2 win over the Miami Marlins. The Pirates starter faced 25 Marlins batters, saw 20 of his pitches put into play and 15 ground balls to produce a quality start. He even contributed one of the Bucs’ four RBI in a victory that put them three games ahead in the National League Central. When batters have put...

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