Looking at the Rotation Depth With Cole and Locke Struggling Lately
Aug23

Looking at the Rotation Depth With Cole and Locke Struggling Lately

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been carried by their starting pitching all year. The reason the starting pitching has been able to carry the team all year has been due to depth, with the assist going to the defensive shifts that have kept the numbers down for everyone. But defensive shifts can only do so much, and they can’t do anything if you don’t have a good foundation of pitching to work with. We’re getting to the...

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Gerrit Cole “Disappointed” Over Pirates’ 2-1 Loss to San Diego
Aug22

Gerrit Cole “Disappointed” Over Pirates’ 2-1 Loss to San Diego

SAN DIEGO — As long as Gerrit Cole stays in the Pirates’ rotation this season, it seems he will remain eternally frustrated in himself. “Just a few pitches here or there” became a common refrain from Cole about how close he was to a dominant start. Pittsburgh’s starting pitcher was not at his happiest walking off the mound after his six innings of the Bucs’ 2-1 loss in San Diego, and afterwards...

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Pirates Notebook: Gerrit Cole Stays in Rotation, But For How Long?
Aug17

Pirates Notebook: Gerrit Cole Stays in Rotation, But For How Long?

All three times this year Gerrit Cole has pitched on at least a week of rest, he has gotten a quality start. In his nine other starts, he has only four quality starts. Small sample size, certainly. We do not yet know if Cole is a better pitcher given more rest, and he will even tell you his breaking ball did not feel as sharp Friday night against the Diamondbacks (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) when he took the mound after a full week...

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Pirates Beat Arizona 6-2 to Expand Playoff Cushion, Match 2011 Win Total
Aug16

Pirates Beat Arizona 6-2 to Expand Playoff Cushion, Match 2011 Win Total

Gerrit Cole’s quality start and the Pirates lineup’s nine hits provided an important 6-2 series-opening win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The victory was Pittsburgh’s 72nd of the season, matching the win total of the 2011 Pirates that collapsed over the season’s final two months. These Pirates are not the 2011 Pirates, even though panicky fans cling to the team (which went from first place in July to 90 total...

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Pirates Notebook: Tony Sanchez Says “There’s Nothing Better” Than Watching Martin
Aug16

Pirates Notebook: Tony Sanchez Says “There’s Nothing Better” Than Watching Martin

Tony Sanchez calls Russell Martin one of the league’s best catchers, and he is right to boast. Martin leads all MLB catchers in assists (73), runners caught stealing (23) and is fourth in caught stealing percentage (43 percent), plus he has started 87 of 120 games at catcher for the Pirates’ pitching staff that has baseball’s best ERA. Sanchez arrived in Pittsburgh on July 29 carrying his own pedigree as a former No....

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