Polanco Debuts to Warm Reception, Lukewarm Start
Jun11

Polanco Debuts to Warm Reception, Lukewarm Start

Pirates fans’ spirits would have been lifted if Gregory Polanco threw out a Cubs baserunner at home plate, swiped a base or two, or… I don’t know… hit a baseball into orbit. None of those happened, and that last one has probably never happened. Instead, Polanco ended his Major League debut 1-for-5, striking out once and scoring on Andrew McCutchen’s 3rd-inning home run. It was a regular-sized box score...

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The Pirates Are No Longer Projected as Playoff Contenders
Apr28

The Pirates Are No Longer Projected as Playoff Contenders

The first three series of the year went great for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They went 2-1 each time, finishing with a 6-3 record and looking like they could be on their way to contending once again. Then they were swept by the Brewers, and since that 6-3 start, they have gone 4-13. In the process, they’ve fallen from one of the top seven teams in the playoff odds, to a team that is unanimously projected to finish the season with...

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Brewers Jump Past the Pirates in the Latest Playoff Odds
Apr14

Brewers Jump Past the Pirates in the Latest Playoff Odds

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a tough week, getting swept by the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend to drop to 2-4. That also saw a drop in their playoff odds across the board. At this point in the season, the playoff projections are going to be extremely volatile. A big week will see a big jump in the projected standings, while a bad week will see a big drop. As an example of how small sample sizes can dominate early season analysis,...

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The First Look at the Pirates Playoff Odds in 2014
Apr08

The First Look at the Pirates Playoff Odds in 2014

The Pittsburgh Pirates made the post-season for the first time in 21 years last year, winning 94 games during the regular season, winning the Wild Card game, and losing in five games to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS. This year the Pirates are hoping to get back to the playoffs, and are off to a good start. After the first week of the season, the Pirates are 4-2, taking series victories against the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis...

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Gerrit Cole Will Start For the Pirates in Game Five
Oct07

Gerrit Cole Will Start For the Pirates in Game Five

The big question about a potential game five was whether the Pittsburgh Pirates would start Gerrit Cole instead of A.J. Burnett. Burnett struggled on the road in St. Louis in Game 1, while Cole dominated the Cardinals in Game 2. Both will be available on normal rest for Game 5 on Wednesday, and after Michael Wacha mowed down the Pirates today, there will be a Game 5. Clint Hurdle announced after the game today that Gerrit Cole would...

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Pirates/Cardinals Game Four Lineups – The Lefty Challenge For Morton
Oct07

Pirates/Cardinals Game Four Lineups – The Lefty Challenge For Morton

Here are the lineups for the Pirates and Cardinals this afternoon at PNC Park. Thoughts are below: Pirates 1. Starling Marte, LF 2. Neil Walker, 2B 3. Andrew McCutchen, CF 4. Justin Morneau, 1B 5. Marlon Byrd, RF 6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B 7. Russell Martin, C 8. Clint Barmes, SS 9. Charlie Morton, SP Cardinals 1. Matt Carpenter, 2B 2. Carlos Beltran, RF 3. Matt Holliday, LF 4. Matt Adams, 1B 5. Yadier Molina, C 6. Jon Jay, CF 7. David...

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