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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First Pitch: Gerrit Cole Making the Key Start in This Series
Oct04

First Pitch: Gerrit Cole Making the Key Start in This Series

Gerrit Cole is a future ace. In the last month he has been pitching like a current ace. And tomorrow he is going to need to be an ace. An ace is a stopper. An ace is a guy who you throw out for must-win games. Tomorrow is about as must-win as you can get this season. The Pirates are down 1-0 in a best of five series. It’s not a surprise that they lost to Adam Wainwright. If you were looking at the matchups coming into the...

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Pirates Set the NLDS Rotation
Oct03

Pirates Set the NLDS Rotation

The Pittsburgh Pirates have set their NLDS rotation against the St. Louis Cardinals. The starters will be as follows: Thursday – A.J. Burnett Friday – Gerrit Cole Sunday – Francisco Liriano Monday – Charlie Morton (if necessary) If the series goes to five games, Burnett could make the start on Wednesday, with more than normal rest. Liriano pitched last night, but would have five days rest by game three on...

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