The Top Ten Moments From the Wild Card Victory
Oct02

The Top Ten Moments From the Wild Card Victory

Last night was one of the most memorable games in Pittsburgh Pirates history, and easily the most memorable game in the last 21 years. It doesn’t beat any World Series victory, but considering the long drought away from the playoffs, and considering how the game played out, you couldn’t have picked a better way for everything to go. It was filled with a lot of key moments and a crowd that was going nuts, with...

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Fourth Inning the Key to Liriano’s Outing, Pirates’ Wild Card Victory
Oct02

Fourth Inning the Key to Liriano’s Outing, Pirates’ Wild Card Victory

Clint Hurdle has mentioned in the past that there are certain “three-out sequences” that alone can determine the course a game takes. If there was one such sequence that played heavily into the Pirates’ 6-2 victory in Tuesday night’s National League Wild Card game, it came in the fourth inning. The Pirates scored two runs that inning, but the impact of the inning came when no Pirate had a bat in his hand....

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Cue-to, Cue-to — The Value of Home Field Advantage
Oct02

Cue-to, Cue-to — The Value of Home Field Advantage

Last weekend the Pittsburgh Pirates swept the Cincinnati Reds. They only needed two wins for home field advantage in the Wild Card game. At the time that sounded good, mostly due to how well Francisco Liriano pitches at home. What was underplayed was the impact of the home crowd. In the second inning, the fans at PNC Park showed the advantage that home field can have. Marlon Byrd led off the inning with a home run off Johnny Cueto....

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Clint Hurdle on Snider over Pie, Liriano vs LH, Marte, and More
Oct01

Clint Hurdle on Snider over Pie, Liriano vs LH, Marte, and More

Clint Hurdle met with the media this afternoon, discussing tonight’s game, some of the roster decisions, and the impact of players like Starling Marte, Justin Morneau, and Clint Barmes. Below is the transcript. There were a lot of people around town that weren’t able to sleep. What kind of emotions did you have coming into today? CLINT HURDLE: I had a very trying evening. I had to help Maddie with some fifth grade math...

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Pirates and Reds Announce Wild Card Lineups
Oct01

Pirates and Reds Announce Wild Card Lineups

The Pirates just announced their lineup for tonight’s game. 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. Francisco Liriano, SP Russell Martin getting the start over Tony Sanchez, so the Pirates are going with the top catcher over the personal catcher. Clint Barmes gets the start over Jordy Mercer at...

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Pirates Set Their Playoff Roster For the Wild Card Round
Oct01

Pirates Set Their Playoff Roster For the Wild Card Round

The Pittsburgh Pirates released their one game Wild Card playoff roster today. We previewed what the roster could look like yesterday. The only question up in the air has been answered: Travis Snider takes the final spot as the fifth outfielder. Below is the roster. Pitchers (9) Francisco Liriano – Starter Gerrit Cole Jason Grilli Mark Melancon Tony Watson Justin Wilson Jeanmar Gomez Vin Mazzaro Bryan Morris Catchers (3) Russell...

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