Found September 26, 2013 on WHYGAVS?:
Today is the last off-day of the regular season. It feels a little disingenuous to call this "the last off-day," because we know that the Pirates will play on Tuesday and so Monday is also an off-day, but this is the last off-day of the 2013 regular season. I have a few thoughts that I wanted to share, and now seems like a good time.  The first is this: don't attach too much importance to this weekend's games. Obviously we all want that wild card game to be at PNC Park, for reasons boht stated (because the Pirates and Francisco Liriano are better there) ad unstated (there might only be one playoff game this year and it would really suck for there to not be a playoff game at PNC Park). The reality, though, is that all of the things that terrify us about one-game playoffs can also be applied back in the Pirates' favor, and that can happen whether the game is in Cincinnati or Pittsburgh. I don't really know if these three games even have any predictive pow...

The Final Series

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A Reason the Pirates are Right Where They Are

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Burnett goes eight solid innings in Pirates 4-1 win over Reds

Though nothing ever comes easy in the National League Central Division the Pirates simplified their path to home-field advantage in next week's wild-card game. They did so in multiple fashions. They took advantage of gift-wrapped base runners in the early innings. Later they resorted to power hitting. The diverse offensive approach combined with a solid start from A.J. Burnett...

Farnsworth grabs opportunity

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Pirates fall to Cubs, blunting NL Central hopes

The Pittsburgh Pirates' hopes of catching up in the NL Central took a big hit Wednesday when Darnell McDonald launched a three-run homer, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 4-2 win. With three games remaining in the regular season for each team, the Pirates trail division-leading St. Louis by three games. The Pirates, who already have clinched a playoff spot, hold a one-game lead...

That Gerrit Cole is so hot right now

The Pirates have won 12 games in September. Five of them have been started by Gerrit Cole. The Pirates have lost 11 games in September. Zero of them have been started by Gerrit Cole. Here are Gerrit Cole's numbers in those five starts:  32 IP, 24 H, 39 K, 10 BB, 6 R, 6 ER, 1.69 ERA. Opponents are hitting .212/.276/.248 against him with a .324 BABIP, which means that we don...

Game 160 Preview: Pirates vs. Reds

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Game 159 Preview: Pirates vs. Cubs

Pirates (90-67) at Cubs (65-92) 2:20 PM–Wrigley Field, Chicago Gameday TV: ROOT, WGN The Bucs look for the sweep at Wrigley Field today as they hope to gain ground on St Louis heading in to the final weekend. The Cards seem to be playing good ball again and a letdown seems unlikely, especially against the now-eliminated Nats and the Cubs this weekend at home, but you never...

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs – Game 159

I want to thank the Pirates for last night’s win.  Yesterday I said this, I’ll take any win we can get, I’m just so tired of these crazy nail biters. Thanks for giving me what I wanted!!!!! Francisco Liriano will get his last start before the playoffs today. He’s likely going in the one game…

Game 159: Pirates vs. Cubs Recap

Source: FanGraphs Even now that they are good, the Pittsburgh Pirates refuse to do anything the easy way. Coming into this afternoon’s game, they had a chance to sweep the Cubs. And during the game, the Mets took down the Reds for the second straight night. That meant that a win would mean the Pirates…

The “Not-So-Wild” Card

This weekend in MLB, the Pittsburgh Pirates visit the Cincinnati Reds in a pivotal 3 game series to close out the season – with the NL Wild Card berth on the line! Wait, hold on…. nevermind. They’re both in?  And they’re probably playing Tuesday in a one-game “playoff”?  Well then, that puts a damper on […]

Grilli back in closer role

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