The NL Central Comes Down to Game 162; Who Should Start a Tiebreaker Game?
Sep28

The NL Central Comes Down to Game 162; Who Should Start a Tiebreaker Game?

This has been a crazy season. The Pittsburgh Pirates had a horrible month of April, went back and forth all summer between being borderline contenders and borderline out of the race, lost a lot of key players for various stretches, had a horrible record against everyone in their division except the Cubs, and now we enter the final day of the season and they still have a shot at winning the division. The Pirates and Cardinals both lost...

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First Pitch: Francisco Liriano is the Easy Choice For the Wild Card Game
Sep26

First Pitch: Francisco Liriano is the Easy Choice For the Wild Card Game

Last year when the Pittsburgh Pirates were in the Wild Card game, there was some debate over who should start that game. The debate was warranted in 2013. Francisco Liriano was looking like a top of the rotation pitcher all year, but so were A.J. Burnett and Gerrit Cole by the end of the season. Still, it wasn’t hard to see that Liriano was the best of the bunch, and the best pitcher to get the start. This time around there are...

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Francisco Liriano Made $2 M in Performance Bonuses This Year
Sep22

Francisco Liriano Made $2 M in Performance Bonuses This Year

While writing last night’s First Pitch, I took a moment to see what Francisco Liriano’s restructured deal actually paid him. Originally, Liriano signed a two-year, $12.75 M deal. After breaking his arm, the deal was restructured as a one year, $1 M deal with a lot of performance bonuses. Last night I was reminded that Liriano has reached a lot of those bonuses this season. Last year we learned the details of...

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First Pitch: Aside From Francisco Liriano, Who Should Be in the Pirates’ Playoff Rotation?
Sep18

First Pitch: Aside From Francisco Liriano, Who Should Be in the Pirates’ Playoff Rotation?

The Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t clinched anything yet. But it’s becoming quite clear that this team is going to the playoffs. They currently sit 2.5 games back in the NL Central, 2.5 games back from the first Wild Card spot, and 2.5 games in the lead for the second Wild Card spot. The Milwaukee Brewers are the only threat to their playoff chances, and the red-hot Pirates play Milwaukee at home this weekend. They follow that...

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Hurdle on Liriano; Jordy Mercer Injury Update
Sep17

Hurdle on Liriano; Jordy Mercer Injury Update

Francisco Liriano gets the nod tonight against Boston, making his 27th start of the season. Liriano has pitched like an ace in the second half of the season, with a 2.22 ERA and a 2.68 xFIP. One of the big differences in Liriano’s performance in the second half has been his ability to limit the walks and command all three of his pitches. Liriano lowered his first half 4.91 BB/9 to 3.26 BB/9 in the second half. His better command has...

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