Pirates Notebook: The Most Important Game All Season
Sep20

Pirates Notebook: The Most Important Game All Season

Today, separated each by a single game, the Pittsburgh Pirates play the Cincinnati Reds. Each team holds  a wild card spot and if the season ended today, the Pirates would play the Reds in the one-game Wild Card game to earn the right to play a five-game series against the Atlanta Braves. If one were to say tonight’s game is possibly the most important one this season, that person wouldn’t be totally wrong in the eyes of...

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Pirates Plow Padres, 10-1
Sep19

Pirates Plow Padres, 10-1

Pirates’ manager Clint Hurdle said after last night’s 3-2 loss that the Pirates “gotta keep plowin’” following their third straight loss to the San Diego Padres. Thursday, the Pirates plowed the Padres in the form of a 10-1 victory. “We were able to go out and play a complete ballgame,” Hurdle said. “More often than not those games start on the mound. And it did again today.” Pedro Alvarez sounded the charge...

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Pirates Notebook: Attitude Equals Results
Sep19

Pirates Notebook: Attitude Equals Results

‘The worst loss of the season.’ Apparently, that’s what some Pirates fans are calling last night’s 3-2 loss to the San Diego Padres. You know, not like that 13-0 loss to St. Louis was bad. Or the 14-inning loss in St. Louis August 13. Those were worse, and will impact the Pirates’ postseason prospects more than any one-run loss to San Diego. Primarily, that’s because the Pirates are about as close...

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Pirates Playoff Odds: Bucs Close to Clinching, But Division Underdogs
Sep19

Pirates Playoff Odds: Bucs Close to Clinching, But Division Underdogs

The Pirates are making the playoffs, barring an unprecedented disaster. Pittsburgh’s postseason odds are at 99.6 percent, meaning there is a 1-in-250-chance the Bucs are shut out of the playoffs. However, posting an 8-9 September record that includes being swept in St. Louis has pushed the Pirates from being favorites in the NL Central division (12.4 percent odds). There is a 78-percent chance the NL Wild Card game will be a...

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Morton Electric, McCutchen ‘Clutch’, Pirates Lose 3-2
Sep18

Morton Electric, McCutchen ‘Clutch’, Pirates Lose 3-2

For an inning, it seemed the ship would be righted. Andrew McCutchen hit a 93 mph get-me-over fastball in a 3-0 count off San Diego starter Tyson Ross and Charlie Morton worked eight innings of one-run baseball as he delivered the ball directly to Mark Melancon to pitch the ninth. The Pirates, they of the 74-2 record when leading after eight innings, found a loss added to that mark when the Padres scored two runs in the ninth off...

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Pirates Notebook: A Man with a Plan for Martin
Sep18

Pirates Notebook: A Man with a Plan for Martin

Today, this 18th day of September in 2013, Russell Martin gets an off-day. Normally, Martin would see a day off on day-game following a night game as tomorrow’s 12:35 start will follow tonight’s first pitch at 7:05. In the month of September, following a 0-for-4 outing at the plate last night, Martin is now 4-for-40 in the final unit of the season’s six-month calendar. His batting average now sits at .229, the first...

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