Why Russell Martin is the Pirates’ Early Postseason MVP
Oct06

Why Russell Martin is the Pirates’ Early Postseason MVP

Russell Martin has made only one egregious mistake this postseason, and it wasn’t even on the field. His cell phone went off in the press conference. “Phone rings. Nice. Awesome,” Martin joked as the noise interrupted his first answer. It was a rookie mistake from the Pirates player with the most playoff experience (37 games). It also ends our list of complaints about Martin’s October performance. He drove in...

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Three Situations the Pirates Bench, Bullpen Could Prove Crucial
Oct06

Three Situations the Pirates Bench, Bullpen Could Prove Crucial

Bench play and bullpen performance has had almost zero impact on the Pirates’ 2013 postseason. That’s because their three scores have gone 6-2, 9-1, 7-1 in October. No team can count on blowouts throughout the playoffs, though. Eventually there will be late-game situations of impact, which will bring to the forefront the reserve players for the Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. If we knew what would specifically happen with...

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Joe Kelly – Regression Candidate
Oct06

Joe Kelly – Regression Candidate

The St. Louis Cardinals got a great performance this year from Joe Kelly. The right-hander put up a 2.69 ERA in 124 innings, including 15 starts. In his starts he had a 2.28 ERA, while he posted a 3.65 ERA in 37 innings in relief. Against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kelly had a 2.53 ERA in 21.1 innings, with a 16:10 K/BB ratio. Today Kelly will go up against the Pirates in Game 3 of the NLDS. The ERAs look great, but when you dig deeper...

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How PNC Park Can Change In October
Oct05

How PNC Park Can Change In October

In television reporting classes, they teach you to never start your story with video of a building. Buildings don’t move. Buildings don’t have feelings. People empathize with other people, not with buildings. Ballparks are not other buildings. People romanticize about their ballparks and some cry when they are torn down. We as baseball fans love places like Fenway Park, Dodger Stadium and Wrigley Field as more than mere...

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8 Important Moments from Gerrit Cole’s Playoff Win
Oct04

8 Important Moments from Gerrit Cole’s Playoff Win

A road playoff game did not change what is becoming a recurring theme — Gerrit Cole has become the Pirates’ most consistent starting pitcher. By dotting the fastball around the plate and mixing in his breaking pitches, Cole allowed only three Cardinals baserunners over six innings to help get the Pirates a 7-1 victory. “Dynamite from pitch one,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “Angles of the breaking...

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Gerrit Cole Should Be the Game Five Starter
Oct04

Gerrit Cole Should Be the Game Five Starter

There might not be a game five in the NLDS between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals. Either team could win the next two games at PNC Park, although you’d think the Pirates would have a strong chance at one game with Francisco Liriano vs Joe Kelly. If there is a game five, then the last two days have shown that the starting pitcher for the Pirates in that game should be Gerrit Cole. This isn’t just about...

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