First Pitch: Do the Pirates Finally Have the Best 25 Men in Pittsburgh?
Aug13

First Pitch: Do the Pirates Finally Have the Best 25 Men in Pittsburgh?

There has been a lot of talk from various Pirates writers about having the “best 25″ in Pittsburgh. You could make a strong argument that the Pirates didn’t always have the best 25 players on the active roster this year. In some cases the upgrades were minor, such as upgrading the last two spots on the bench by getting rid of John McDonald and Brandon Inge. In other cases, the upgrades were more substantial. I feel...

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Pirates Playoff Roster Projection: Choosing a Champion
Aug05

Pirates Playoff Roster Projection: Choosing a Champion

This is not a jinx. On this day last year, the Pirates’ playoff odds were hovering around 50 percent. Their chances to make the postseason this year are above 98 percent. Starting to think about what the 25-man playoff roster will look like is not counting chickens before they hatch. These are the same conversations the Bucs’ front office people are having. Two points of order: the Wild Card Playoff acts as a separate...

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First Pitch: What Would it Take to Extend A.J. Burnett?
Aug05

First Pitch: What Would it Take to Extend A.J. Burnett?

Last night I wrote about how Francisco Liriano and A.J. Burnett are the 1-A and 1-B when it comes to Pirates aces. I also said that I feel Liriano has passed Burnett as the Pirates ace. Typically, Burnett would follow that up with a complete game gem, allowing one run and striking out nine. After the game, Clint Hurdle was asked about the possibility that the Pirates have two aces. “Frankie set the bar in a good place for us the...

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A.J. Burnett Twirls Complete Game for 5-1 Pirates Win
Aug04

A.J. Burnett Twirls Complete Game for 5-1 Pirates Win

At long last, A.J. Burnett completed what he started. Nine innings, 110 pitches, wrapping up the Pirates’ 5-1 series-winning victory over the Colorado Rockies all by himself. Well, not all by himself. Moments after PNC Park erupted for Burnett finishing his first home win in three months, Burnett enveloped catcher Russell Martin in an embrace next to the pitcher’s mound. The two men stood together again in success after...

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First Pitch: Has Liriano Passed Burnett As the Staff Ace?
Aug04

First Pitch: Has Liriano Passed Burnett As the Staff Ace?

Tonight Francisco Liriano was the stopper for the Pirates, preventing them from slipping to a three game losing streak, and allowing the team to pick up a win on the same night that the second place St. Louis Cardinals lost. Liriano has been extremely reliable all season, and has been one of the best free agent signings this year. There are debates starting asking whether he should draw Cy Young consideration, although that award is...

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