Pirates Strand More Runners in 5-3 Loss to Reds
Jul20

Pirates Strand More Runners in 5-3 Loss to Reds

Losing in Cincinnati does not harm Pittsburgh’s playoff chances as much as one might think. The Reds and Pirates are still on a collision course for the NL Wild Card Playoff (43% chance this is the Coin Flip Game matchup), and even after a loss the Bucs are still 8.5 games ahead of being out of the postseason picture. However, the dropping Friday night’s game 5-3 showed one of the Pirates’ major weaknesses and hurt...

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First Pitch: Remember All of Those High Beta Players From the Off-Season?
Jul20

First Pitch: Remember All of Those High Beta Players From the Off-Season?

Over the winter there was a lot of talk about how the Pittsburgh Pirates were adding a lot of high beta players. The term first came up when David Todd described Francisco Liriano as a high beta player, pointing out that there were many possible outcomes for his 2013 season, ranging from very bad to very good. I wrote about how the Pirates had a roster full of those players, and how the 2013 season would depend on the success/failure...

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Cole’s Rough 1st Inning, Missed Hitting Opportunities Sink Sweep Chance
Jul15

Cole’s Rough 1st Inning, Missed Hitting Opportunities Sink Sweep Chance

All you need to take away from the Pirates’ 4-2 loss to the New York Mets in their final game before the All-Star Break is up in that headline. Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole allowed four hits and three runs in the 1st inning. Eric Young and David Wright knocked two fastballs for ground-ball singles, followed by Marlon Byrd mashing Cole’s slider for an RBI ground-rule double to left. Cole walked Josh Satin to load the...

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Jordy Mercer Breaks Slide with Walkoff Single in 3-2 Win Over Mets
Jul13

Jordy Mercer Breaks Slide with Walkoff Single in 3-2 Win Over Mets

Jordy Mercer was struggling at the plate through July when he came up in the 11th inning with two runners on. The Pirates’ now-second baseman stepped inĀ 4-for-31 over the month with no extra-base hits. No time like walkoff time to stop a skid in front of 39,036 fans, PNC Park’s largest crowd since Opening Day. Mercer knew that Andrew McCutchen would score from second base if his hit found outfield grass, and he grounded a...

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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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