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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Pirates Playoff Odds at 98 Percent, Best in Baseball
Jul31

Pirates Playoff Odds at 98 Percent, Best in Baseball

The Pittsburgh Pirates have a nearly 98 percent chance to reach the MLB postseason, averaging projections from Baseball Prospectus and Clay Davenport, and are expected to finish the season 93-69. The combined playoff odds are the best in Major League Baseball and the highest Pittsburgh has seen in the last three seasons, including a 49 percent chance of winning the National League Central division. This should be no surprise, as the...

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Cumpton’s Gem Leads Pirates to 6-0 Win, Doubleheader Sweep of Cardinals
Jul30

Cumpton’s Gem Leads Pirates to 6-0 Win, Doubleheader Sweep of Cardinals

A sound will endure from the Pirates’ doubleheader sweep of the Cardinals and the most important day for Pittsburgh baseball in 20 years: “Holl-i-day… Holl-i-day.” After Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer off the glove of St. Louis right fielder Matt Holliday to cinch a 6-0 victory and keep first place in the National League Central, the fans in PNC Park’s left field jeered him the rest of the night....

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Game 1: A.J. Burnett Sits Cardinals Down for 2-1 Pirates Victory
Jul30

Game 1: A.J. Burnett Sits Cardinals Down for 2-1 Pirates Victory

A.J. Burnett never shies away from showing his feelings and theatrics on the mound to join his strikeouts. In the Pirates’ 2-1 extra-innings win to take 1st place over the Cardinals for the start of Tuesday’s doubleheader, Burnett flashed his fist pumps, his yells, his glove flips and possibly his curse words. The veteran starter struck out nine St. Louis hitters, did not give up any hits to his final 18 batters and...

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Pirates Open Five-Game Set with All-Around Dominance
Jul29

Pirates Open Five-Game Set with All-Around Dominance

The story of the Pirates’ win Monday night may really just come down to the opinion of who you ask; some may say Francisco Liriano’s dominant seven innings were the key while others may dissent in favor of the four-run first inning and five-run seventh inning. But regardless of whom you ask, one thing remains clear when it comes to what happened in front of 32,084 fans at PNC Park—the Pirates (62-42) made a statement Monday in their...

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