First Pitch: A.J. Burnett and the Problem of One Bad Inning
Sep17

First Pitch: A.J. Burnett and the Problem of One Bad Inning

No matter what happened with A.J. Burnett tonight, you can’t win when your offense only sends the minimum amount of batters to the plate. That said, Burnett struggled tonight in the seventh inning, continuing a trend where he has had one bad inning in almost all of his starts since early August. I talked about this after his last start, but didn’t really dig into the issue. Tonight I wanted to look at innings and pitch...

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Cashner Near-Perfect as Pirates Lose 2-0
Sep16

Cashner Near-Perfect as Pirates Lose 2-0

A day after Francisco Liriano carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, San Diego Padres starter Andrew Cashner did him one better. But, like Liriano’s ill-fated attempt at history, Cashner’s perfect game was spoiled when Jose Tabata led off the frame with a basehit. Tabata’s hit proved inconsequential, though, when Neil Walker flew out to left and Andrew McCutchen hit into an inning-ending double play. Cashner (10-8) finished his...

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First Pitch: The State of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Rotation
Sep13

First Pitch: The State of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Rotation

For most of the season the Pittsburgh Pirates have been carried by strong pitching, especially out of the starting rotation. Almost all of their starters have performed well this year, including most of the depth options that have come up to fill in for injuries. Now we’re approaching the end of the season, and the Pirates have their best starters in the mix. The Pirates are also pretty much a lock to make the playoffs. The only...

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The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change
Sep10

The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change

A little under a year ago, things weren’t exactly looking up for Neal Huntington and the Pirates’ front office. The team had improved significantly over the previous two years, but had just suffered its second straight late-season collapse. A lot of fans – including me – thought the team should find a new GM. More importantly, principal owner Robert Nutting had stated he was going to do a thorough review, one that was widely expected...

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Pirates Take First Place in NL Central, Beat St. Louis 7-1
Aug31

Pirates Take First Place in NL Central, Beat St. Louis 7-1

Lance Lynn was not a happy man Saturday night at PNC Park. The Pirates hung two runs on St. Louis’ starter in the second inning and scored another five in the third to take a 7-1 lead. The big blow came in the third, when Russell Martin squared up a 94 mile-per-hour fastball left elevated over the middle of the plate for a three-run home run to right-center field. Martin’s 13th home run of the year responded to the only...

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