Byrd Homers in Debut, Morton Fires a Gem as Pirates Win 7-1
Aug29

Byrd Homers in Debut, Morton Fires a Gem as Pirates Win 7-1

Marlon Byrd didn’t have the game-winning hit or even the knockout blow, really, when the Pirates beat the Brewers Wednesday. But, the Pirates’ newest addition to the starting lineup made the most noise with a three-run home run over the center field fence and into the bushes that broke open a 4-1 ballgame in the bottom of the seventh. “It was one of those things, you come to a new team, new stadium, new fans, new...

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Pirates Notebook: What Now for Jose Tabata?
Aug28

Pirates Notebook: What Now for Jose Tabata?

Prohibitively, the addition of Marlon Byrd makes the Pittsburgh Pirates a better baseball team. Had Byrd been on the Pirates’ roster all season, he’d essentially be the third-best hitter on the team. And, the Pirates may own three or four extra wins if he started 2013 in Pittsburgh with his WAR of 3.5. In contrast, the production received from right field this season from the likes of Jose Tabata, Alex Presley, Travis...

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Pirates Light Up Giants’ Cain, Mijares for 11 Hits in 10-5 Win
Aug23

Pirates Light Up Giants’ Cain, Mijares for 11 Hits in 10-5 Win

SAN FRANCISCO — If America’s coldest summer is in San Francisco, the chill did not reach the Pirates’ bats. The Bucs offense heated up to scorch the Giants for a 10-5 victory on a cool Thursday night by the Bay. The warming glow burned bright early. Matt Cain gave up three straight hits to start the game down 1-0, then he served Garrett Jones and Jordy Mercer matching 92-mph fastballs in the 2nd that the hitters...

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Rationalizing the Value of RISP Issues
Aug22

Rationalizing the Value of RISP Issues

Much has been made lately of the Pirates’ issues in the area of batting with runners in scoring position. We’ve talked about it, and you’ve talked about it as if it’s really the end-all, be-all when related to anything from a “Collapsening” to if the Pirates can win the World Series. The numbers are not good, that can’t be argued. But really, in all honesty, the fact remains that those numbers...

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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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