The Pirates Have a Playoff Pitching Staff of Reclamation Projects
Oct07

The Pirates Have a Playoff Pitching Staff of Reclamation Projects

The Pittsburgh Pirates wouldn’t be here today without their pitching. The team has been successful this year due to pitching and defense making up for an offense that can be weak and streaky at times. The amazing thing about that pitching staff is how cheap they have come. Most of the starting pitchers have been reclamation projects who were coming off down years, and bounced back once they came to Pittsburgh. The bullpen guys...

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8 Important Moments from Gerrit Cole’s Playoff Win
Oct04

8 Important Moments from Gerrit Cole’s Playoff Win

A road playoff game did not change what is becoming a recurring theme — Gerrit Cole has become the Pirates’ most consistent starting pitcher. By dotting the fastball around the plate and mixing in his breaking pitches, Cole allowed only three Cardinals baserunners over six innings to help get the Pirates a 7-1 victory. “Dynamite from pitch one,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “Angles of the breaking...

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Gerrit Cole Should Be the Game Five Starter
Oct04

Gerrit Cole Should Be the Game Five Starter

There might not be a game five in the NLDS between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals. Either team could win the next two games at PNC Park, although you’d think the Pirates would have a strong chance at one game with Francisco Liriano vs Joe Kelly. If there is a game five, then the last two days have shown that the starting pitcher for the Pirates in that game should be Gerrit Cole. This isn’t just about...

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What Kind of Pressure Will Gerrit Cole Have as a Rookie in the Playoffs?
Oct04

What Kind of Pressure Will Gerrit Cole Have as a Rookie in the Playoffs?

Rookie pitchers don’t usually make big playoff starts. People constantly point to David Price as an example of a rookie who pitched in the World Series, but Price only pitched in relief in the ALCS and World Series in 2008. Last night’s Cardinals starter, Adam Wainwright, pitched in the post-season in 2006, but it was also in relief. One of the rare situations where a rookie starter played a big role was with Justin...

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Pirates Focus on Game 2 Bounceback, Avoiding 2-0 Deficit
Oct04

Pirates Focus on Game 2 Bounceback, Avoiding 2-0 Deficit

Leave it to Andrew McCutchen to provide an ounce of perspective following the Pirates’ first-ever NLDS loss. “One team had to win, one team had to lose,” the Pirates center fielder said. “We’re the team that had to lose tonight.” Hey, it’s not deep, but it’s true. The playoffs create a cauldron for The Narrative™ to emerge, no matter what that narrative is. And there is no better source...

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