Pirates Making Noise with Home Field Advantage
Oct07

Pirates Making Noise with Home Field Advantage

The Pirates’ playoff run seems to be all Pittsburghers are talking about. And when they talk with someone who has been down to PNC Park for either of the first two postseason games, the first question is usually the same: Is it really as loud as everyone is saying it is? Ask the national writers who have attended multiple World Series, they’ll tell you it was louder than any baseball game they have covered before. Ask Neal...

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Hurdle: Everybody is available in the bullpen
Oct07

Hurdle: Everybody is available in the bullpen

Clint Hurdle held his pre-game press conference with the media today, and was asked a few questions about the availability of certain players. Hurdle declined to name a game five starter, if that would be necessary. However, he did say that everyone would be available out of the bullpen today. When asked whether A.J. Burnett or Gerrit Cole could be used in relief, Hurdle’s response was vague. “I think we’ll say...

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The Pirates Have a Playoff Pitching Staff of Reclamation Projects
Oct07

The Pirates Have a Playoff Pitching Staff of Reclamation Projects

The Pittsburgh Pirates wouldn’t be here today without their pitching. The team has been successful this year due to pitching and defense making up for an offense that can be weak and streaky at times. The amazing thing about that pitching staff is how cheap they have come. Most of the starting pitchers have been reclamation projects who were coming off down years, and bounced back once they came to Pittsburgh. The bullpen guys...

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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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