Pirates Beat Angels in 10-9 Thriller: What We Learned
Jun24

Pirates Beat Angels in 10-9 Thriller: What We Learned

It would be difficult to describe all the important events of the Pirates’ 10-9 extra-innings victory to sweep the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Frankly, any such description would not do justice to the most exciting game of the 2013 season. Instead of trying to re-tell all that happened, let’s treat this win like I try to treat every game: a chance to learn more about this Pirates team that is so fascinating, so...

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Gerrit Cole Fantastic Again, Pirates Win 5-2 in Anaheim
Jun22

Gerrit Cole Fantastic Again, Pirates Win 5-2 in Anaheim

For all the adjectives I could use to describe Gerrit Cole’s stuff and location Friday night, I will choose “erotic.” During the Pirates’ 5-2 victory Friday night in Anaheim, Cole pitched 100 mph or faster eight different times, including 101.8 mph once. More than half his pitches were 96 mph or faster. He threw 67 fastballs during his 88 pitches (or what I would classify as fastballs) and kept the Angels out...

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Pedro Alvarez’s Five-RBI Day Completes Series Split in Cincinnati
Jun21

Pedro Alvarez’s Five-RBI Day Completes Series Split in Cincinnati

Clint Hurdle is fond of saying that Pedro Alvarez can change the game with one swing of the bat, and I am fond of quoting Clint Hurdle saying that Pedro Alvarez can change the game with one swing of the bat. In the Pirates’ 5-3 win Thursday over the Cincinnati Reds, Alvarez changed the game three different times. Let’s break out those fancy bullet points: 3rd Inning: Alvarez steps in to face Homer Bailey with two runners...

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Jeff Locke Shines But Reds Win 2-1 in 13 Innings
Jun20

Jeff Locke Shines But Reds Win 2-1 in 13 Innings

Having secured its prey, the black snake squeezes it to death before eating it. The body is coiled around the prey, tightening until respiration stops and suffocation occurs. — Encyclopedia Britannica Jeff Locke is a black snake. You watched him on the mound Wednesday night in the Pirates’ 2-1 loss at Cincinnati. He pitched seven scoreless innings despite allowing runners into scoring position in three of the first four...

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Pirates Retaliate Against the Reds in the Best Way Possible With a 4-0 Win
Jun18

Pirates Retaliate Against the Reds in the Best Way Possible With a 4-0 Win

After Monday’s game — which saw Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman throw near Neil Walker’s head in the ninth inning — many Pirates fans were looking for retaliation. They got just that in the first inning when Charlie Morton hit Shin-Soo Choo right below the knee with his first pitch of the game. That led to a warning from the home plate umpire, and drew the ire of Mat Latos in the Reds’ dugout, but...

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Pirates Playoff Odds: Strong Homestand Bumps Up Chances
Jun18

Pirates Playoff Odds: Strong Homestand Bumps Up Chances

This week’s odds report was delayed by one day because my laptop was driving the StruggleBus yesterday. It couldn’t boot up. But one reformatted hard drive later, Lappy and I are all good. It’s a fresh start. So let’s also use this chance as a fresh start for looking at the Pirates’ playoff odds. First, we will take a gander at the standings through June 17: National League Central St. Louis: 45-25...

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