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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Jones, Liriano Rebound in 5-0 Victory as Pirates Tie for NL Central Lead
Aug30

Jones, Liriano Rebound in 5-0 Victory as Pirates Tie for NL Central Lead

As he has done so many times before in stretches when the Pirates struggle, Francisco Liriano delivered a masterful start to propel Pittsburgh to a 5-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Liriano (15-6) pitched eight dominant, shutout innings and allowed just two hits while walking two as the Pirates (78-56) pulled into a tie atop the NL Central with the Cardinals (78-56) in front of a sellout crowd of 38,026, the 16th sellout of...

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First Pitch: The Reason the Pirates Could Be Successful For Many Years
Aug20

First Pitch: The Reason the Pirates Could Be Successful For Many Years

Baseball teams pay ridiculous prices for pitching. The Texas Rangers just traded a top 50 prospect and three Grade B pitching prospects a month ago for two months of Matt Garza. Zack Greinke got $147 M over six years over the off-season. Anibal Sanchez got $80 M for five years, while Edwin Jackson got $52 M for four years. Even a 36-year-old starter like Ryan Dempster landed $13 M a year on the free agent market. The Pirates have...

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