Found September 18, 2012 on Fox Sports Wisconsin:
An incredible run over the last month has vaulted the Milwaukee Brewers into the thick of the NL wild-card race. The Pittsburgh Pirates are right there with them, but they've hardly resembled a playoff team lately. The surging Brewers look to continue their astonishing playoff push in Tuesday night's opener with the Pirates, who might be weary after arriving home this morning. Milwaukee (74-72) and Pittsburgh (74-72) are both 2 12 games back of St. Louis for the NL's second wild-card spot, but have taken different paths to get to this position. While the Pirates squandered several opportunities to move past the Cardinals, having lost 18 of 25, the Brewers are a major league-best 20-6 since Aug. 19, trimming 10 games off their deficit. They've won five of six over Pittsburgh in this stretch. "A month ago we were out of it," said Aramis Ramirez, who is batting .458 with two homers and 12 RBIs in his last six versus the Pirates. "All of a sudden we g...

Brewers steal their way to 6-0 win

Final: Brewers 6, Pirates 0 WP: Yovani Gallardo (16-8, 3.59 ERA) LP: A.J. Burnett (15-8, 3.64 ERA) The Brewers were eight for eight in stolen base attempts, including three by Ryan Braun as they ran their way to a 6-0 shutout victory in game one of a pivotal three game series. A.J. Burnett started for the Pirates and allowed just two runs over six innings, but Milwaukee’s Yovani...

Blazing Brewers chalk up seven steals

MILWAUKEE Jonathan Lucroy took off, not known for his speed, but fully aware that the Milwaukee Brewers had been dominating the Pirates already this game when it came to stealing second base. And sure enough, Lucroy's slide was in time, beating Pirates catcher Rod Barajas again. Barajas, statistically one of baseball's worst catchers when it comes to catching base-stealers...

Owner supportive of Pirates' Huntington, Hurdle -- for now

The Pittsburgh Pirates have collapsed during the final two months for the second straight season. Though owner Bob Nutting says he isn't happy about it, he also doesn't seem inclined to do anything rash. "We're all frustrated by and upset with the performance and seriously looking at what do we need to do both to finish the year appropriately and make sure this...

Brewers run all over Bucs

The Pirates played a very lackluster game Monday night and opened up this week’s crucial series with a very flat loss to the Brewers. A.J. Burnett wasn’t bad, but got into plenty of trouble early on. He was able to escape a jam in the first, but allowed a run in the second (and stranded the bases loaded). After that he settled down, but the Brewers pushed another run across in...

Brewers hope to sink Pirates for good

MILWAUKEE Despite standing with the same record (74-72), both back by 2.5 games in the battle for National League's second wild-card spot -- both led by NL MVP candidates in Ryan Braun and Andrew McCutchen -- the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates couldn't seem to be any more different heading into Tuesday's start of a three-game series. Twelve games under .500...

The Case for Ryan Braun

The Big Leagues By all rights, Brewers' slugger Ryan Braun should be the leading contender for National League MVP.

Final: Brewers 6, Pirates 0

Source: FanGraphs

Bradenton Marauders 2012 Season Recap: Hitters

The hitting in Bradenton this year was bad. The top prospect, Alex Dickerson, had some good results in the second half, but his overall year was inconsistent. A lot of the high upside guys with raw tools didn’t pan out, with some of them starting to flame out. No one really broke out, unlike last year with guys like Robbie Grossman or Ramon Cabrera. Looking through the list of...

Final: Pirates 3, Cubs 0

Source: FanGraphs

It's alright, Ma (I'm only sighing)

One of my very least aspects of being a Pirate fan is the sliding scale of expectations that comes with hopelessness. When a team enters a season with no real expectation to contend, win values are more or less meaningless. It sounds strange to say, wins and losses are meaningless distinctions once you separate out playoff teams from non-playoff teams; there are a million different...
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