First Pitch: Clint Hurdle Deserves to be the Manager of the Year
Oct16

First Pitch: Clint Hurdle Deserves to be the Manager of the Year

My feelings on managers have been made known on this site: I think that a good manager is usually the result of a good team. A bad manager is usually the result of a bad team. I think that managers can do things to help or hurt the current team, but that their impact is overblown. Major League Baseball announced their awards schedules today. One of the first awards to come out will be the Manager of the Year awards, on November 12th....

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Three Situations the Pirates Bench, Bullpen Could Prove Crucial
Oct06

Three Situations the Pirates Bench, Bullpen Could Prove Crucial

Bench play and bullpen performance has had almost zero impact on the Pirates’ 2013 postseason. That’s because their three scores have gone 6-2, 9-1, 7-1 in October. No team can count on blowouts throughout the playoffs, though. Eventually there will be late-game situations of impact, which will bring to the forefront the reserve players for the Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. If we knew what would specifically happen with...

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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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Fourth Inning the Key to Liriano’s Outing, Pirates’ Wild Card Victory
Oct02

Fourth Inning the Key to Liriano’s Outing, Pirates’ Wild Card Victory

Clint Hurdle has mentioned in the past that there are certain “three-out sequences” that alone can determine the course a game takes. If there was one such sequence that played heavily into the Pirates’ 6-2 victory in Tuesday night’s National League Wild Card game, it came in the fourth inning. The Pirates scored two runs that inning, but the impact of the inning came when no Pirate had a bat in his hand....

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Clint Hurdle On the Cincinnati Reds and the Wild Card Game
Sep30

Clint Hurdle On the Cincinnati Reds and the Wild Card Game

Clint Hurdle met with the media this afternoon, discussing the upcoming Wild Card game against the Cincinnati Reds. For playoff roster information, check out this post from earlier. Hurdle discussed the approach with the game, the one game format, and of course, the opponent. On the significance of the game: “This is significant for our city. This is significant for our fanbase. This is part of what I envisioned when I signed up...

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