First Pitch: A Great Day of Starting Pitching

Wednesday was probably the best day of system-wide starting pitching you could ask for. First there was A.J. Burnett, who led the pitching staff in throwing a one-hitter. Not just a one-hitter, but a one-hitter against the best team in the division. James Santelli did a great job breaking down the start in this article. Then there were the starters in the minors, who combined for 24.2 shutout innings. Those starters included top...

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A.J. Burnett: Anatomy of a One-Hitter

So many events have to go right for a no-hitter to happen. We sometimes lose sight of that, living in this Golden Age of 23 no-hitters in the last six years. Even with no-hitters becoming almost as common an occurrence as Clint Barmes home runs, they still require a potent combination of talent and good fortune to come true (you know, like a Clint Barmes home run). When looking at A.J. Burnett taking a perfect game into the 6th inning...

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McCutchen’s Blast the Difference in Win Against Reds

In the immediate aftermath of the second home run off the bat of Cincinnati’s Brandon Phillips there was a brief sense of, “Here we go again,” as it relates to the creative ways the Pittsburgh Pirates have found to lose games in recent seasons. The blast to straight-away center field tied the game 5-5 in the top of the seventh inning and brought the Reds back from what was at its peak a four run deficit. It was a...

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Pirates Pregame: Lineups, Pitchers and Beanballs (oh my)

Just a few quick things before we get started at PNC Park (since I planned poorly for traffic and arrived later than I would have liked): First, tonight’s lineups — Cincinnati (5-4, tied for 1st National League Central) 1. Choo cf 2. Heisey lf 3. Votto 1b 4. Phillips 2b 5. Bruce rf 6. Hannahan 3b 7. Cozart ss 8. Mesoraco c 9. Leake p Pittsburgh (3-6, tied for 3rd National League Central) 1. Marte lf 2. Walker 2b 3....

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Pirates Shut Down by Kershaw, Shut Out 1-0

Carved. Sliced. Diced. Slashed. Controlled. Mastered. Dominated. Dismantled. You can use any verb you would like to describe what Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw did to the Pirates in a 1-0 L.A. victory Saturday night. But one works best. He Kershawed them. “That was the same as I remember him,” Pirates second baseman Neil Walker said. “That guy has been good as anybody over the last four years.” The...

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