First Pitch: First to the Majors Doesn’t Equal Best in the Draft
Sep25

First Pitch: First to the Majors Doesn’t Equal Best in the Draft

In 2008 Jay Bruce made it to the majors and hit 21 home runs in 413 at-bats, finishing fifth in the Rookie of the Year voting. Bruce was taken one pick after Andrew McCutchen, which had people questioning the selection of McCutchen. At the time, McCutchen was in the middle of a season where he had a .770 OPS in Triple-A. Bruce remains a good player, but McCutchen has turned into an MVP. Justin Smoak reached the majors in April of...

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Gerrit Cole Continues His Ace-Like Month of September
Sep25

Gerrit Cole Continues His Ace-Like Month of September

There weren’t many innings where tonight’s game was in question. The only time it was really close was in the sixth inning. Gerrit Cole had gone five innings, giving up just one run, but ran into trouble in the sixth and put the game on the line despite a five run lead. The right-hander started off with two singles and a walk to load the bases with no outs. He got Anthony Rizzo to ground to Jordy Mercer, who misplayed what...

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First Pitch: Gerrit Cole Starting to Look Like an Ace When it Counts
Sep20

First Pitch: Gerrit Cole Starting to Look Like an Ace When it Counts

Gerrit Cole has always projected as the future ace of the Pittsburgh Pirates. That future could be sooner than expected. Tonight Cole had another dominant start, which was his third straight outing where he posted a high strikeout total. This time Cole struck out 12 in 6 innings, which is a remarkable total. That gives him 28 strikeouts in 20 innings over his last three starts. He had 29 strikeouts in 35.2 innings in his six starts...

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Pirates Plow Padres, 10-1
Sep19

Pirates Plow Padres, 10-1

Pirates’ manager Clint Hurdle said after last night’s 3-2 loss that the Pirates “gotta keep plowin’” following their third straight loss to the San Diego Padres. Thursday, the Pirates plowed the Padres in the form of a 10-1 victory. “We were able to go out and play a complete ballgame,” Hurdle said. “More often than not those games start on the mound. And it did again today.” Pedro Alvarez sounded the charge...

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Pirates Notebook: You Learn Something New Every Start
Sep16

Pirates Notebook: You Learn Something New Every Start

The lasting image of Gerrit Cole’s first major league start wasn’t when he drove in a run, but a pitch he threw to the first batter he faced. With two strikes and Gregor Blanco at bat, Cole reared back and delivered a fastball with the high heat Pirates fans had been waiting for ever since he was drafted No. 1 overall in 2011. Blanco swung right through it, and Cole owned his first career strikeout. It’s now been...

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