Pirates’ Defensive Shifts: The Hidden Secret Behind Baseball’s Best Team
Jul04

Pirates’ Defensive Shifts: The Hidden Secret Behind Baseball’s Best Team

It’s Saturday in Pittsburgh, a hot but tolerable 76-degree evening with a late sunset. Tonight, a full PNC Park will watch Dan Fox beat Rickie Weeks at baseball. Dan Fox is 45 years old, tall but hardly wiry, bald and framed by Oakley glasses. His former internet baseball column was named after physicist Erwin Schrödinger and his Xbox gamertag is inspired by a work of John Milton. Rickie Weeks is 30, shorter than average height...

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Pirates Playoff Odds Over 90 Percent with MLB’s Best Record
Jul01

Pirates Playoff Odds Over 90 Percent with MLB’s Best Record

The Pittsburgh Pirates not only have the best record in Major League Baseball, but also the best chance to make the MLB Playoffs. Every week we look at the projected standings from Baseball Prospectus, Clay Davenport and FanGraphs, three of the most reliable postseason projections. At the halfway point of the season the Pirates have a 91% chance to reach the playoffs, according to BP and Davenport. Before we delve into the numbers,...

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Pirates Use Seven-Run Inning, Cole’s Quality Start to Beat Brewers
Jun28

Pirates Use Seven-Run Inning, Cole’s Quality Start to Beat Brewers

The Pirates needed to come back from an early deficit to grab their seventh-straight win. Once they did, the Bucs tacked on another. Then another. Then another. Then one more. Now they have the best record in Major League Baseball. The Bucs’ half of the 2nd inning had everything: six hits, seven runs, two five-pitch walks, previously stellar Milwaukee shortstop Jean Segura making mistake after mistake, Tom Gorzelanny! All the...

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Gerrit Cole Fantastic Again, Pirates Win 5-2 in Anaheim
Jun22

Gerrit Cole Fantastic Again, Pirates Win 5-2 in Anaheim

For all the adjectives I could use to describe Gerrit Cole’s stuff and location Friday night, I will choose “erotic.” During the Pirates’ 5-2 victory Friday night in Anaheim, Cole pitched 100 mph or faster eight different times, including 101.8 mph once. More than half his pitches were 96 mph or faster. He threw 67 fastballs during his 88 pitches (or what I would classify as fastballs) and kept the Angels out...

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Pirates Retaliate Against the Reds in the Best Way Possible With a 4-0 Win
Jun18

Pirates Retaliate Against the Reds in the Best Way Possible With a 4-0 Win

After Monday’s game — which saw Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman throw near Neil Walker’s head in the ninth inning — many Pirates fans were looking for retaliation. They got just that in the first inning when Charlie Morton hit Shin-Soo Choo right below the knee with his first pitch of the game. That led to a warning from the home plate umpire, and drew the ire of Mat Latos in the Reds’ dugout, but...

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