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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The Wild Card Game Looks to Feature a Pitcher’s Duel
Oct01

The Wild Card Game Looks to Feature a Pitcher’s Duel

The Wild Card game tonight will feature a strong pitching matchup. On one side you’ve got the Pirates ace, Francisco Liriano, who is dominant at home. He’s also a lefty who is going up against an offense that has three key left-handed hitters. On the other side you’ve got Johnny Cueto, who has absolutely dominated the Pirates in his career, and his two starts this year. Below is a preview of two pitchers, plus a look...

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Getting Ready For a #PNCBlackout Tonight
Sep30

Getting Ready For a #PNCBlackout Tonight

By now you’ve probably heard of the #PNCBlackout. Several Pirates players took to social media, encouraging fans who would be in attendance for tomorrow’s playoff game to wear all black. The Pirates will also be handing out black towels to wave during the game, which wasn’t planned as part of the blackout. Here is an image of how the same plan worked in Chicago a few years ago for a White Sox game.     A...

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Gerrit Cole Named the NL Rookie of the Month For September
Sep30

Gerrit Cole Named the NL Rookie of the Month For September

Gerrit Cole has been named the National League Rookie of the Month for September, Major League Baseball announced today. The right-hander dominated in the month of September, posting a 1.69 ERA in 32 innings, with a 39:10 K/BB ratio. That included one start where he struck out 12 in six innings against the San Diego Padres. Cole wasn’t just the top rookie. He was also one of the top pitchers in the league. His ERA ranked 8th...

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Clint Hurdle On the Cincinnati Reds and the Wild Card Game
Sep30

Clint Hurdle On the Cincinnati Reds and the Wild Card Game

Clint Hurdle met with the media this afternoon, discussing the upcoming Wild Card game against the Cincinnati Reds. For playoff roster information, check out this post from earlier. Hurdle discussed the approach with the game, the one game format, and of course, the opponent. On the significance of the game: “This is significant for our city. This is significant for our fanbase. This is part of what I envisioned when I signed up...

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