Why Did Clint Hurdle Delay Pulling A.J. Burnett?
Oct03

Why Did Clint Hurdle Delay Pulling A.J. Burnett?

A.J. Burnett didn’t have a good day. He was rocked in the third inning, but the struggles started before that. James Santelli has the full breakdown of what led to Burnett’s struggles on the day.┬áThat poor third inning, combined with the fact that Burnett was struggling prior to the inning, raises the question of why he wasn’t pulled earlier. Things didn’t look good when he walked Adam Wainwright to start the...

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What Led to A.J. Burnett’s Seven-Run Inning?
Oct03

What Led to A.J. Burnett’s Seven-Run Inning?

Busch Stadium has been the home of several A.J. Burnett nightmares, but his Thursday afternoon was a new day terror. The St. Louis Cardinals attacked Burnett for seven runs without recording an out in the 3rd inning of National League Division Series Game 1. The veteran right-hander escaped a no-out jam in the 2nd by generating two groundballs, but nothing worked out for Burnett in the next frame as all eight batters reached base to...

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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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Pirates Set the NLDS Rotation
Oct03

Pirates Set the NLDS Rotation

The Pittsburgh Pirates have set their NLDS rotation against the St. Louis Cardinals. The starters will be as follows: Thursday – A.J. Burnett Friday – Gerrit Cole Sunday – Francisco Liriano Monday – Charlie Morton (if necessary) If the series goes to five games, Burnett could make the start on Wednesday, with more than normal rest. Liriano pitched last night, but would have five days rest by game three on...

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First Pitch: Getting Hot at the Right Time
Sep29

First Pitch: Getting Hot at the Right Time

There’s one thing I’ve been saying in a lot of different articles over the past few days, and it remained true today: the Pirates have a lot of players who are getting hot at the right time. The playoffs are set up in a way where, once you’re in, you can win it all. Anyone can win a one game Wild Card matchup. Anyone can win a best of five or a best of seven series. It’s not as much about talent in these cases....

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