A.J. Burnett and Pirates Offense Bounce Back Strong for 8-1 Victory
Aug21

A.J. Burnett and Pirates Offense Bounce Back Strong for 8-1 Victory

SAN DIEGO — The one-two punch of Francisco Liriano and A.J. Burnett turned around the Pirates’ bad-luck losses by leading the charge on back-to-back wins. “Obviously you’re not gonna punch out 13 like [Liriano],” Burnett said. “At the same time you want to go out, keep your team in it and keep it rolling.” The two staff aces each delivered a seven-inning pitching gem, and Burnett gave up just...

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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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First Pitch: What Could Be the Solution to the RISP Problem?
Aug16

First Pitch: What Could Be the Solution to the RISP Problem?

We’ve talked a lot this week about the issue of hitting with runners in scoring position. I’ve made my thoughts known on the matter. I don’t put much stock in RISP numbers. They’re small sample sizes, and as the samples get bigger, players will see their numbers fall in line with their overall numbers. So the fact that the Pirates have so many players under-performing their overall numbers this year, and even...

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Pirates Notebook: Neil Walker Has Been a Hit in August
Aug15

Pirates Notebook: Neil Walker Has Been a Hit in August

While the Pirates’ overall offense is slowly accelerating this month (11th in the NL in runs, 6th in OPS), Neil Walker has shifted gears entirely. Pittsburgh’s second baseman has been one of the league’s most productive players in August, hittingĀ .362 with an .893 OPS. Only Arizona’s hot-hitting Aaron Hill (.391 BA, 1.146 OPS) is performing better than Walker this month among NL second basemen. Walker has built...

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First Pitch: The RISP Problems For the Pirates Are a Fluke
Aug14

First Pitch: The RISP Problems For the Pirates Are a Fluke

Two nights ago I wrote about how the Pirates aren’t perfect, but they are legit contenders. The main flaw with the team this year has been the offense, and one of the problems has been their inability to hit with runners in scoring position. As I also mentioned in that article, RISP numbers are not something you should build analysis on, as explained inĀ this article by Matt Snyder. But let’s entertain this idea for a...

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