The 94th Win Providing Some Questions For Next Year
Sep29

The 94th Win Providing Some Questions For Next Year

Today’s game was meaningless. The Pirates won 4-2, but their standings wouldn’t have changed regardless of the winner. Since the game was meaningless, the Pirates went with a different lineup, giving some regulars the day off. The Reds took the same approach, so the Pirates didn’t necessarily have any advantage. So what do you say about a meaningless game that has zero impact on the 2013 season, and didn’t...

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Playoff Race Updates: Cardinals Close to Taking the Top Seed
Sep28

Playoff Race Updates: Cardinals Close to Taking the Top Seed

In order for the Pirates to clinch the NL Central, they needed to sweep the Reds, have the Cubs sweep the Cardinals, and then win a one game tiebreaker on Monday against St. Louis. Basically, we knew that the Cardinals were going to win. And tonight they clinched it early with a 7-0 win over the Cubs. Wild Card Pirates 8, Reds 3 The Pirates win gave them home field in the Wild Card game against the Reds on Tuesday. That game will be...

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Pirates Power Their Way to Home Field in the Wild Card Game
Sep28

Pirates Power Their Way to Home Field in the Wild Card Game

If the last two games are any indication of how the Wild Card game could go, then the Pittsburgh Pirates are putting up some good signs. Yesterday they won 4-1 in a game where A.J. Burnett dominated the Cincinnati Reds, and Pedro Alvarez and Marlon Byrd led the offense. Today the offense destroyed the ball, launching six homers en route to an 8-3 victory. That win sealed home field in the Wild Card game, which will be played against...

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Pirates One Game Away From Home Field Advantage After Win Over Reds
Sep28

Pirates One Game Away From Home Field Advantage After Win Over Reds

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds tonight 4-1, talking the first game of a three game series between the two teams. That’s an important win since whoever wins the series gets home field advantage in the Wild Card game. The win tonight means that one more win from either Charlie Morton (Reds killer) or Gerrit Cole (on fire lately) will put Francisco Liriano on the mound in PNC Park on Tuesday. I didn’t see the...

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Playoff Race Update: Cardinals Clinch the NL Central
Sep28

Playoff Race Update: Cardinals Clinch the NL Central

In order for the Pirates to clinch the NL Central, they needed to sweep the Reds, have the Cubs sweep the Cardinals, and then win a one game tiebreaker on Monday against St. Louis. Basically, we knew that the Cardinals were going to win. And tonight they clinched it early with a 7-0 win over the Cubs. NL Central Cardinals 7, Cubs 0 Pirates 4, Reds 1 The Cardinals clinched the division. Wild Card Pirates 4, Reds 1 The Pirates need to...

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Should Francisco Liriano Start the Wild Card Game on the Road?
Sep25

Should Francisco Liriano Start the Wild Card Game on the Road?

Today Francisco Liriano struggled on the road against the Chicago Cubs. That’s not a new thing. Liriano has been much better at home this year than he has on the road. Prior to today’s game he had a 1.47 ERA at home, and a 4.15 ERA on the road. The FIP numbers are a little closer, with a 2.50 FIP at home, and a 3.29 FIP on the road. This afternoon Liriano had 90 pitches through five innings. That was even after a short...

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