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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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Injury News: Grilli Getting Closer

Clint Hurdle said before today’s game that there are tentative plans for Jason Grilli to begin his rehabilitation stint. “Jason is going to pitch tomorrow in Altoona. He will start the game, pitch one inning, 20 pitch max. If all goes well there, we’re going to give him the opportunity again in Altoona on Monday, […]
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Pirates Notebook: The Growth of Cole

Gerrit Cole lost his seventh start of the season last night against the Milwaukee Brewers, and runs his record to 2-7 after he started the year 4-0. Cole threw seven and one-third innings, and allowed four runs (three earned) on 10 hits and a walk, while striking out four. While Cole took the loss, the […]
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Pirates Notebook: Breaking Bad Locke

In a move that does make sense logistically, but has some shock value when looking at it at face value, the Pirates sent Jeff Locke to Double-A Altoona yesterday to clear space for new acquisitions Marlon Byrd and John Buck. The deciding factor of the move was what Neal Huntington said would give Locke a […]
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Pirates Playoff Odds After Trading for Marlon Byrd, John Buck

It would take a Hindenburg-esque crash for the Pirates to miss the MLB postseason (98-percent chance Bucs make it), but it is unlikely they will take the NL Central over the St. Louis Cardinals (32 percent). The Bucs can shoulder some blame. The Pirates are 12-13 in August, a month that started with their 13-0 loss […]
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Pirates Come Back Again, Beat Cardinals 5-4

The Pittsburgh Pirates are running away from the National League Central — literally. In the 5th inning of Wednesday’s 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, Starling Marte used his game-breaking speed to create the tying run. Neil Walker, who had already homered, took a critical extra base in the 8th inning and set himself […]
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Pirates Open Five-Game Set with All-Around Dominance

The story of the Pirates’ win Monday night may really just come down to the opinion of who you ask; some may say Francisco Liriano’s dominant seven innings were the key while others may dissent in favor of the four-run first inning and five-run seventh inning. But regardless of whom you ask, one thing remains […]
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Locke, Pirates Eke Out 3-2 Win Over Reds to Avoid Sweep

Jeff Locke does not suck. I wrote two months ago that Locke would not continue to dominate as he dominated the early part of the season. What he has done in those two months surprised me: he kept pitching to prevent runs. Locke’s winning performance in the Pirates’ 3-2 Sunday victory in Cincinnati was indicative […]
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