Liriano Cruises, Pirates Bats Spark 5-0 Win
Jul11

Liriano Cruises, Pirates Bats Spark 5-0 Win

The Pirates collected 12 hits, including five with runners in scoring position, to break free of an offensive slump. Meanwhile Francisco Liriano pitched seven shutout innings and recorded his fourth-straight victory in a 5-0 win over the Oakland Athletics. That is what we call a double-barrel lead, since the Bucs were stellar on both sides Wednesday night for the first-ever franchise win over the A’s in 12 tries. The offense and...

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Pirates Collect Only Three Hits to Lose Fourth-Straight Game
Jul10

Pirates Collect Only Three Hits to Lose Fourth-Straight Game

The Pirates lost 2-1 Tuesday night to the Oakland Athletics to drop their fourth-straight game and third-straight series loss. This fact is significant. Over these three July series, Pittsburgh’s offense has averaged a below-average 8.4 hits and 2.9 runs per game. This fact is more significant. In the 2013 season, the offense has averaged 8.2 hits and 3.9 runs per game, both 12th in the 15-team National League. This fact is most...

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Pirates Strand 10 Runners in Third Straight Loss, End Locke’s Unbeaten Streak
Jul08

Pirates Strand 10 Runners in Third Straight Loss, End Locke’s Unbeaten Streak

Two Pirates line drives to the outfield found Oakland gloves, stranding four of the 10 runners the Pirates left on base in a 2-1 loss Monday night. The Bucs collected nine hits to the Athletics’ three, but went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position to drop their third-straight game. “I can control being ready to hit, to swing the bat,” said Andrew McCutchen, who was 1-for-4 and was robbed of a potential go-ahead...

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Historical Context For The Big Four

In the second half of the 2010 season, the Pirates offense was paced by Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker, Jose Tabata and Pedro Alvarez. The success of these young players was encouraging for a franchise mired in a hopeless multi-decade stretch of losing baseball. Walker is the oldest of the quartet, and he did not turn 25 until September. All four finished the season with a Weighted On-Base Average (wOBA) above the league average mark....

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Oakland Signs Andy LaRoche

Andy LaRoche has found a new home, signing a minor league deal today with the Oakland Athletics.  LaRoche will receive an invite to Spring Training.  The addition for Oakland isn’t a surprise.  A year ago we heard rumors that Oakland tried to trade for LaRoche, only for the Pirates to ask for pitcher Gio Gonzalez and outfielder Ryan Sweeney. LaRoche showed some promise in 2009.  His hitting wasn’t really anything to write...

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