Pirates Notebook: Attitude Equals Results
Sep19

Pirates Notebook: Attitude Equals Results

‘The worst loss of the season.’ Apparently, that’s what some Pirates fans are calling last night’s 3-2 loss to the San Diego Padres. You know, not like that 13-0 loss to St. Louis was bad. Or the 14-inning loss in St. Louis August 13. Those were worse, and will impact the Pirates’ postseason prospects more than any one-run loss to San Diego. Primarily, that’s because the Pirates are about as close...

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Morton Electric, McCutchen ‘Clutch’, Pirates Lose 3-2
Sep18

Morton Electric, McCutchen ‘Clutch’, Pirates Lose 3-2

For an inning, it seemed the ship would be righted. Andrew McCutchen hit a 93 mph get-me-over fastball in a 3-0 count off San Diego starter Tyson Ross and Charlie Morton worked eight innings of one-run baseball as he delivered the ball directly to Mark Melancon to pitch the ninth. The Pirates, they of the 74-2 record when leading after eight innings, found a loss added to that mark when the Padres scored two runs in the ninth off...

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Pirates Notebook: Morton Not as Electric against Left-handed Batters
Sep14

Pirates Notebook: Morton Not as Electric against Left-handed Batters

Charlie Morton’s return from Tommy John surgery in June has without a doubt been a shot in the arm of the Pirates’ rotation, a group that has seen every single one of its starters from Opening Day spend time off the mound due to injury. Since he made his first start of the season June 13 against the San Francisco Giants, Morton has been one of the most consistent starters for the Pirates. In a recent six-game stretch,...

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First Pitch: When Washington Shut Down Strasburg and How it Relates to Cole
Sep14

First Pitch: When Washington Shut Down Strasburg and How it Relates to Cole

Last night I wrote about the state of the rotation leading into the playoffs. My playoff rotation would include Francisco Liriano, A.J. Burnett, Charlie Morton, and Wandy Rodriguez. When I mentioned Gerrit Cole, I noted that he’s been great lately, but that my main issue with him is innings. I also said that the Pirates might want to use Cole as a reliever if they have four other starters who are capable. I thought that was...

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Pirates Notebook: Command and Confidence
Sep13

Pirates Notebook: Command and Confidence

The month of August was a challenging one for Jeff Locke, to say the least. He finished winless in the month, and with a 8.02 ERA. In fact, the entire second half of 2013 had been the polar opposite for the Pirates’ lefty after he earned an All-Star nod in the season’s first half. Thursday, Locke looked like that pitcher once again when he pitched through seven innings for the first time in a long time, and allowed just...

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