Pirates Being Favored Over Cardinals in Stat Friendly Previews
Oct03

Pirates Being Favored Over Cardinals in Stat Friendly Previews

If you strongly favor statistical analysis, then your stance on RISP numbers is that it is not a predictive value. So while the St. Louis Cardinals have an amazing .330 average with runners in scoring position, going forward they should be expected to be closer to their .269 average overall. It’s not a surprise that previews from people who think this way are picking the Pirates over the Cardinals in the NLDS. Rany Jazayerli has...

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Pirates Release NLDS Roster
Oct03

Pirates Release NLDS Roster

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released their NLDS roster, which can be seen below. Pitchers (11) A.J. Burnett – Starter Gerrit Cole – Starter Francisco Liriano – Starter Charlie Morton – Starter Jason Grilli Mark Melancon Justin Wilson Tony Watson Jeanmar Gomez Vin Mazzaro Bryan Morris Catchers (2) Russell Martin John Buck Infielders (8) Justin Morneau Garrett Jones Gaby Sanchez Neil Walker Josh Harrison Jordy...

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Can A.J. Burnett Have Success at Busch Stadium?
Oct03

Can A.J. Burnett Have Success at Busch Stadium?

The Pirates open up the NLDS on the road against the St. Louis Cardinals today. The opening matchup features the Cardinals ace, Adam Wainwright, and the leader of the Pirates staff and number two ace, A.J. Burnett. When you look at the roles on their respective teams, Wainwright and Burnett match up well. When you look at the numbers against their NLDS opponents, the numbers favor Wainwright, especially at Busch stadium. A big...

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Pittsburgh as Baseball Town: How the 2013 Pirates Brought Back the Fever
Oct02

Pittsburgh as Baseball Town: How the 2013 Pirates Brought Back the Fever

In the closing seasons of the losing streak, it became true for people to say “the Pirates have not won in a generation.” Years became decades, and soon young people who never knew anything but losing baseball in Pittsburgh were going off to college or starting families. Born in 1992, I am that generation. Tuesday night’s Wild Card victory was important for all Pirates fans, but it had a little more significance for...

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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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