A Realistic View of Mark Melancon’s “Struggles” as the Closer
Sep19

A Realistic View of Mark Melancon’s “Struggles” as the Closer

The playoff race brings out strange emotions. One of those emotions is the tendency to magnify a bad outing into something more than just a bad outing. It’s normal to forget the good performances and remember the bad performances. But when it comes to late September in a close playoff race, those bad performances get elevated into something more than just one bad outing. Last night the reaction I received on Twitter was...

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Morton Electric, McCutchen ‘Clutch’, Pirates Lose 3-2
Sep18

Morton Electric, McCutchen ‘Clutch’, Pirates Lose 3-2

For an inning, it seemed the ship would be righted. Andrew McCutchen hit a 93 mph get-me-over fastball in a 3-0 count off San Diego starter Tyson Ross and Charlie Morton worked eight innings of one-run baseball as he delivered the ball directly to Mark Melancon to pitch the ninth. The Pirates, they of the 74-2 record when leading after eight innings, found a loss added to that mark when the Padres scored two runs in the ninth off...

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Liriano Flirts with History, Pirates Win 3-2
Sep15

Liriano Flirts with History, Pirates Win 3-2

Francisco Liriano made it seem like, for the first time since 1965, the Chicago Cubs would go without a hit. But after six innings of no-hit baseball, Liriano had thrown 99 pitches and a foregone conclusion it was that he would be unable to finish the game. In the top of the seventh, Hurdle sent Liriano back to the mound after Liriano said he was “good to go”. Eight pitches and three batters later, Liriano allowed a...

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The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change
Sep10

The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change

A little under a year ago, things weren’t exactly looking up for Neal Huntington and the Pirates’ front office. The team had improved significantly over the previous two years, but had just suffered its second straight late-season collapse. A lot of fans – including me – thought the team should find a new GM. More importantly, principal owner Robert Nutting had stated he was going to do a thorough review, one that was widely expected...

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Pirates Post First Winning Season Since 1992
Sep09

Pirates Post First Winning Season Since 1992

Five games ago, Gerrit Cole won game number 81, ending the Pirates’ 20-year losing streak. It was one of his best starts of the year, and was only topped by tonight’s outing, which just happened to be win number 82. As far as symbolism goes, having Gerrit Cole end the losing streak, and then post the first winning season is great. The losing streak began because of the departure of plenty of talented players, including...

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