Pirates Playoff Odds: Bucs Close to Clinching, But Division Underdogs
Sep19

Pirates Playoff Odds: Bucs Close to Clinching, But Division Underdogs

The Pirates are making the playoffs, barring an unprecedented disaster. Pittsburgh’s postseason odds are at 99.6 percent, meaning there is a 1-in-250-chance the Bucs are shut out of the playoffs. However, posting an 8-9 September record that includes being swept in St. Louis has pushed the Pirates from being favorites in the NL Central division (12.4 percent odds). There is a 78-percent chance the NL Wild Card game will be a...

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Cardinals Avoid Sweep, Beat Pirates 7-2
Sep01

Cardinals Avoid Sweep, Beat Pirates 7-2

Akin to their 13-0 victory against the Pirates on Aug. 1 following four straight wins by the Pirates, the St. Louis Cardinals exacted revenge after the Pirates won the first two games of the weekend’s series. Pittsburgh outscored St. Louis 12-1 the past two games and, one month after their 13-0 victory, the Cardinals scored plenty of runs to avoid a sweep. Starting pitcher Kris Johnson, called up to the big leagues today, had...

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Pirates Take First Place in NL Central, Beat St. Louis 7-1
Aug31

Pirates Take First Place in NL Central, Beat St. Louis 7-1

Lance Lynn was not a happy man Saturday night at PNC Park. The Pirates hung two runs on St. Louis’ starter in the second inning and scored another five in the third to take a 7-1 lead. The big blow came in the third, when Russell Martin squared up a 94 mile-per-hour fastball left elevated over the middle of the plate for a three-run home run to right-center field. Martin’s 13th home run of the year responded to the only...

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Injury News: Grilli Getting Closer
Aug30

Injury News: Grilli Getting Closer

Clint Hurdle said before today’s game that there are tentative plans for Jason Grilli to begin his rehabilitation stint. “Jason is going to pitch tomorrow in Altoona. He will start the game, pitch one inning, 20 pitch max. If all goes well there, we’re going to give him the opportunity again in Altoona on Monday, pitch one inning again and start there. Just in pencil, if that goes well, he’ll have another day off and he’ll...

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Pirates Notebook: The Growth of Cole
Aug30

Pirates Notebook: The Growth of Cole

Gerrit Cole lost his seventh start of the season last night against the Milwaukee Brewers, and runs his record to 2-7 after he started the year 4-0. Cole threw seven and one-third innings, and allowed four runs (three earned) on 10 hits and a walk, while striking out four. While Cole took the loss, the outing last night may have been one of the most encouraging from 2011′s No. 1-overall selection among the 14 he has made thus...

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