The Pirates Bought a Wild Card Win Against the Reds
Oct02

The Pirates Bought a Wild Card Win Against the Reds

The Pittsburgh Pirates might as well be the New York Yankees right now. They just bought a playoff win. Over the off-season they signed Francisco Liriano and Russell Martin as free agents. At the August waiver trade deadline they added Marlon Byrd for a playoff push. Tonight that trio led the Pirates to their first playoff victory in PNC Park history, and sent them to the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. The biggest performance...

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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 Snider over Pie, Liriano vs LH, Marte, and More
Oct01

Clint Hurdle on Snider over Pie, Liriano vs LH, Marte, and More

Clint Hurdle met with the media this afternoon, discussing tonight’s game, some of the roster decisions, and the impact of players like Starling Marte, Justin Morneau, and Clint Barmes. Below is the transcript. There were a lot of people around town that weren’t able to sleep. What kind of emotions did you have coming into today? CLINT HURDLE: I had a very trying evening. I had to help Maddie with some fifth grade math...

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The Wild Card Game Looks to Feature a Pitcher’s Duel
Oct01

The Wild Card Game Looks to Feature a Pitcher’s Duel

The Wild Card game tonight will feature a strong pitching matchup. On one side you’ve got the Pirates ace, Francisco Liriano, who is dominant at home. He’s also a lefty who is going up against an offense that has three key left-handed hitters. On the other side you’ve got Johnny Cueto, who has absolutely dominated the Pirates in his career, and his two starts this year. Below is a preview of two pitchers, plus a look...

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First Pitch: Pirates Showing a Lot of Confidence in Liriano
Oct01

First Pitch: Pirates Showing a Lot of Confidence in Liriano

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a chance to load up on plenty of relievers for the one game Wild Card matchup. Instead, they went the opposite route. Based on comments by Clint Hurdle today, the team will carry 16 position players and nine pitchers. The pitchers include Liriano, Gerrit Cole, and the seven regular relievers from the 2013 season. With the exception of Cole, the Pirates are managing this game just like any other game, from a...

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