The Top Ten Moments From the Wild Card Victory
Oct02

The Top Ten Moments From the Wild Card Victory

Last night was one of the most memorable games in Pittsburgh Pirates history, and easily the most memorable game in the last 21 years. It doesn’t beat any World Series victory, but considering the long drought away from the playoffs, and considering how the game played out, you couldn’t have picked a better way for everything to go. It was filled with a lot of key moments and a crowd that was going nuts, with...

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The Pirates Bought a Wild Card Win Against the Reds
Oct02

The Pirates Bought a Wild Card Win Against the Reds

The Pittsburgh Pirates might as well be the New York Yankees right now. They just bought a playoff win. Over the off-season they signed Francisco Liriano and Russell Martin as free agents. At the August waiver trade deadline they added Marlon Byrd for a playoff push. Tonight that trio led the Pirates to their first playoff victory in PNC Park history, and sent them to the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. The biggest performance...

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Cue-to, Cue-to — The Value of Home Field Advantage
Oct02

Cue-to, Cue-to — The Value of Home Field Advantage

Last weekend the Pittsburgh Pirates swept the Cincinnati Reds. They only needed two wins for home field advantage in the Wild Card game. At the time that sounded good, mostly due to how well Francisco Liriano pitches at home. What was underplayed was the impact of the home crowd. In the second inning, the fans at PNC Park showed the advantage that home field can have. Marlon Byrd led off the inning with a home run off Johnny Cueto....

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Who Would Be On Your Playoff Roster?
Sep26

Who Would Be On Your Playoff Roster?

The playoffs are coming up next week, which starts the discussion of playoff rosters. If you’re unfamiliar with the rules for selecting a playoff roster, you can read James Santelli’s article here. The key points are: 1. A player had to be on the 25-man roster, the 15-day or 60-day DL on August 31st to be eligible. 2. Any player on the DL on August 31st who is also on the DL during the playoffs can be replaced by anyone...

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Moneyball – The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Version
Sep24

Moneyball – The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Version

One of the biggest misconceptions about “Moneyball” is that people were led to believe that the Oakland Athletics were the first team to come up with the idea of focusing on undervalued stats like on-base percentage. The belief, especially if you saw the movie, was that the Athletics just flipped a switch and changed their approach one year, and that led them to become a winning team. The truth is that the methods the...

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