First Pitch: Putting Neal Huntington’s Amazing Off-Season in Perspective

There was a lot of talk today about the big off-season moves the Pittsburgh Pirates made. Most of that discussion probably stemmed from a question by David Todd on Twitter, asking people to rank the big three off-season additions. It was only after David asked this that I got a few similar questions. I’m not going to discuss tonight my feelings on who was the better addition out of Mark Melancon (for 4 years), Francisco Liriano...

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Francisco Liriano Named the NL Player of the Week
Aug05

Francisco Liriano Named the NL Player of the Week

Francisco Liriano has been named the National League Player of the Week for the week of 7/29-8/4. The left-hander made two starts in that stretch, combining to give up one earned run on six hits in 14 innings, with a 14:7 K/BB ratio. Liriano picked up wins in both outings. In the first start, Liriano gave up one run on four hits in seven innings against the St. Louis Cardinals, with two walks and eight strikeouts. The second start saw...

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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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First Pitch: Has Liriano Passed Burnett As the Staff Ace?
Aug04

First Pitch: Has Liriano Passed Burnett As the Staff Ace?

Tonight Francisco Liriano was the stopper for the Pirates, preventing them from slipping to a three game losing streak, and allowing the team to pick up a win on the same night that the second place St. Louis Cardinals lost. Liriano has been extremely reliable all season, and has been one of the best free agent signings this year. There are debates starting asking whether he should draw Cy Young consideration, although that award is...

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Stopper Liriano Pitches Seven Scoreless in 5-2 Pirates Win
Aug03

Stopper Liriano Pitches Seven Scoreless in 5-2 Pirates Win

When the Pirates need to stop a losing streak, they send out their stopper. Francisco Liriano has become the stopper. He and the Pirates are now 12-4 in his starts after beating the Colorado Rockies 5-2 on Saturday night, and by doing so stopped a two-game losing streak from turning into a losing skid. Winter’s best free agent signing pitched seven shutout innings, struck out six batters and allowed only two Rockies hits, and...

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