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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Pedro Alvarez and Justin Morneau vs the RHP Heavy Cardinals
Oct04

Pedro Alvarez and Justin Morneau vs the RHP Heavy Cardinals

Coming into this series, a lot of people said that Pedro Alvarez could be the key for the Pittsburgh Pirates to beat the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals have a rotation full of right-handed starters, and only have two left-handed relievers in the bullpen. That’s a favorable matchup for Alvarez, who had an .842 OPS in 425 at-bats this year against right-handers, compared to a .537 OPS in 133 at-bats against lefties. Also, 33...

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Game 2 Starter Lance Lynn: Fastball Devil The Pirates Know
Oct04

Game 2 Starter Lance Lynn: Fastball Devil The Pirates Know

Hello again, Lance Lynn. NLDS Game 2 represents the 10th time Lynn has started against the Pirates since the start of the 2012 season, providing a familiar face and arm for Pittsburgh’s attempt to even up the playoff series. The Bucs have produced many runs against the Cardinals’ right-handed starter in that timespan: in 50.1 innings, Lynn has posted a 5.19 ERA despite¬†54 strikeouts and 21 walks. Beyond the results, simply...

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What Kind of Pressure Will Gerrit Cole Have as a Rookie in the Playoffs?
Oct04

What Kind of Pressure Will Gerrit Cole Have as a Rookie in the Playoffs?

Rookie pitchers don’t usually make big playoff starts. People constantly point to David Price as an example of a rookie who pitched in the World Series, but Price only pitched in relief in the ALCS and World Series in 2008. Last night’s Cardinals starter, Adam Wainwright, pitched in the post-season in 2006, but it was also in relief. One of the rare situations where a rookie starter played a big role was with Justin...

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