Pirates Notebook: How Justin Wilson and First-Year Relievers Face Long Season
Aug20

Pirates Notebook: How Justin Wilson and First-Year Relievers Face Long Season

SAN DIEGO — If you’re trying to pinpoint why the Pirates’ bullpen continues to be one of baseball’s best, Justin Wilson has shown you. As the Pittsburgh reliever who has thrown the most innings, Wilson leads all National League rookies in ERA (1.97) and batting average against (.183). But one year ago today when Wilson made his Major League debut at Petco Park, he was merely at the start of his transition from...

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First Pitch: Do the Pirates Finally Have the Best 25 Men in Pittsburgh?
Aug13

First Pitch: Do the Pirates Finally Have the Best 25 Men in Pittsburgh?

There has been a lot of talk from various Pirates writers about having the “best 25″ in Pittsburgh. You could make a strong argument that the Pirates didn’t always have the best 25 players on the active roster this year. In some cases the upgrades were minor, such as upgrading the last two spots on the bench by getting rid of John McDonald and Brandon Inge. In other cases, the upgrades were more substantial. I feel...

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Pirates Complete Third Straight Comeback Win to Sweep Marlins 5-4
Aug08

Pirates Complete Third Straight Comeback Win to Sweep Marlins 5-4

Tuesday, they trailed 3-0. Wednesday, they trailed 2-0. Thursday, they trailed 4-0. No problem, no problem and no problem for baseball’s best team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Miami Marlins grabbed the series’ largest lead in the finale, but the Pirates used timely hitting and five shutout relief innings to complete their 28th comeback win and a PNC Park-record 9th walkoff victory. Thursday afternoon’s pinch-hit hero...

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Pirates Playoff Roster Projection: Choosing a Champion
Aug05

Pirates Playoff Roster Projection: Choosing a Champion

This is not a jinx. On this day last year, the Pirates’ playoff odds were hovering around 50 percent. Their chances to make the postseason this year are above 98 percent. Starting to think about what the 25-man playoff roster will look like is not counting chickens before they hatch. These are the same conversations the Bucs’ front office people are having. Two points of order: the Wild Card Playoff acts as a separate...

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Rockies Deploy Three-Run Inning to Beat Pirates 4-2
Aug02

Rockies Deploy Three-Run Inning to Beat Pirates 4-2

Earlier this year, Los Angeles Times baseball writer taught a “Sports Reporting” class. One of his many tips was to never writer a game story that revolved around this idea: “Before the game, the manager said X would happen. And by jove, it did! Skip predicted it!” Let’s not break that rule, at least not entirely. However, former-Rockies-now-Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was quite familiar with Jhoulys...

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