Playoff Race Update: Home Field in the Wild Card Game Decided Next Weekend
Sep22

Playoff Race Update: Home Field in the Wild Card Game Decided Next Weekend

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a chance to clinch the playoffs today, but instead got hammered by the Cincinnati Reds. However, the Nationals split a double-header with the Marlins and the Cardinals lost to the Brewers, so not much changed in the playoff race. The magic number for the playoffs is two, and the Pirates enter the final week of the season tied with the Reds for the Wild Card, with both teams sitting two games back from the...

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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 Notebook: Introducing Justin Morneau
Sep01

Pirates Notebook: Introducing Justin Morneau

Justin Morneau is here. The first baseman arrived in Pittsburgh at approximately 7:50 last night and made it into the Pirates’ dugout sometime between the fifth and sixth inning. “I knew what the score was. I checked the score when I landed,” Morneau said. “We were listening to it on the radio on the way in.” When he arrived at the moment, Morneau arrived to an image that will likely be one he never...

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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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