Pirates Take 2-1 Lead Over Cardinals: Five Key Moments From Tonight’s Win
Oct06

Pirates Take 2-1 Lead Over Cardinals: Five Key Moments From Tonight’s Win

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals tonight 5-3 in a game that featured a lot of resolve from the Pirates. They had to overcome a lot of obstacles, from Francisco Liriano’s struggles with command, to the Cardinals coming back twice, to a few tough breaks and base running mistakes. In the end they won and took a 2-1 series lead in the best of five NLDS. Here are five instances when the Pirates overcame a tough...

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Pedro Alvarez and Justin Morneau vs the RHP Heavy Cardinals
Oct04

Pedro Alvarez and Justin Morneau vs the RHP Heavy Cardinals

Coming into this series, a lot of people said that Pedro Alvarez could be the key for the Pittsburgh Pirates to beat the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals have a rotation full of right-handed starters, and only have two left-handed relievers in the bullpen. That’s a favorable matchup for Alvarez, who had an .842 OPS in 425 at-bats this year against right-handers, compared to a .537 OPS in 133 at-bats against lefties. Also, 33...

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Nothing Goes Right For the Pirates As They Drop Game One 9-1
Oct03

Nothing Goes Right For the Pirates As They Drop Game One 9-1

Coming into this game, you expected Adam Wainwright to be his dominant self. He was. Wainwright threw seven innings, giving up one run on three hits, with no walks and nine strikeouts. The lone run came off Pedro Alvarez, who hit a solo homer in the fifth inning. “We’ve seen him along those lines before,” Clint Hurdle said. “You know, the curveball plays so well. ¬†Every once in a while they get me over for...

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First Pitch: Getting Hot at the Right Time
Sep29

First Pitch: Getting Hot at the Right Time

There’s one thing I’ve been saying in a lot of different articles over the past few days, and it remained true today: the Pirates have a lot of players who are getting hot at the right time. The playoffs are set up in a way where, once you’re in, you can win it all. Anyone can win a one game Wild Card matchup. Anyone can win a best of five or a best of seven series. It’s not as much about talent in these cases....

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Pirates Power Their Way to Home Field in the Wild Card Game
Sep28

Pirates Power Their Way to Home Field in the Wild Card Game

If the last two games are any indication of how the Wild Card game could go, then the Pittsburgh Pirates are putting up some good signs. Yesterday they won 4-1 in a game where A.J. Burnett dominated the Cincinnati Reds, and Pedro Alvarez and Marlon Byrd led the offense. Today the offense destroyed the ball, launching six homers en route to an 8-3 victory. That win sealed home field in the Wild Card game, which will be played against...

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