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St. Louis Cardinals
The Pittsburgh Pirates' 2013 Postseason run will last more than one game. The Pirates won the Wild Card playoff game 6-2 over the Cincinnati Reds, advancing to the NL Division Series against the St Louis Cardinals.
Pittsburgh jumped all over Johnny Cueto early, scoring a pair of runs in the second inning thanks to solo homers by Marlon Byrd and Russell Martin. The inning could have resulted in more damage to Cincinnati, but Todd Frazier made a great catch to end the inning. In the third, the Bucs added a third run after a sac fly from Pedro Alvarez, and the game began slipping away.
In the fourth, Jay Bruce singled in Shin-Soo Choo to make it a 3-1 game, but Francisco Liriano struck out Frazier to end the inning. Cueto allowed a double to Starling Marte in the bottom of the fourth, and that hit was the last straw as Dusty Baker pulled his struggling ace. Sean Marshall relieved him and promptly gave up a double to Neil Walker to make it a 4-1 game. Marshall intentionall...
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Today is like Christmas, New Years, and Donny Iris birthday all rolled into one for yinzers in Pittsburgh. The Pirates are in the playoffs for the first time since 1992 and there is a buzz in the air like a night out with Aldon Smith. To help celebrate this once in every 21 year occasion I have put together the most absurdly yinzer gallery of Pirates and Steelers jerseys FROM THEâ€...
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had a vision when he replaced John Russell three years ago.
Hurdle believed he could help lead the moribund franchise back to the playoffs. The vision will come to life on Tuesday night when the Pirates host the Cincinnati Reds in the NL wild-card game at PNC Park.
Pittsburgh won 94 games during a remarkable regular season, securing the club...
Liriano has been dominant at PNC Park this season
The 2013 edition of the one gameÂ National LeagueÂ wild card round is set to take place tomorrow night at 8:07PM. This is the second year the new playoff format has been introduced and this year features theÂ Cincinnati RedsÂ visiting PNC Park, home of theÂ Pittsburgh Pirates. These two teams play out of the NL Central and a third...
Insert your favorite talk-like-a-pirate expression here, the Pittsburgh Pirates are in the playoffs. The last time this happened, George Bush Sr. was in the White House and a gallon of gas cost about a buck-fifteen. The year was 1992. The Pirates went on to lose the Pennant in game seven to the Braves and the Blue Jays would go on to win the World Series.
History lesson over....
The Pittsburgh Pirates went 21 years between playoff games. The wait will be significantly shorter this time around.
Russell Martin homered twice, Francisco Liriano was dominant for seven innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates roared past Cincinnati for a 6-2 victory in the NL wild-card game Tuesday night.
In front of a black-clad crowd savoring its first postseason game since 1992...
One of the oldest cliches in baseball is that pitchers have to establish their fastball. The average Major League pitcher throws their fastball about 60% of the time, and any deviation from that can get you labeled a junkballer.
Francisco Liriano, with the Pirates season on the line, told that cliche to go pound sand.
Here are his final pitch tallies for the night, per PITCHF...
In the last few days, I've posted links to a couple of wild card game strategy pieces (FanGraphs, Beyond the Box Score). Both of the articles mainly advocate that the Pirates use as many pitchers as possible, both to maximize results from starters like Francisco Liriano and Gerrit Cole (that is, knowing that they'd throw fewer pitches they could theoretically be more effective...
That. Was. Incredible. The Pirates are moving on to the NLDS after defeating the Reds in the wildest, most emotional, powerful sports environment you will ever witness. After being a part of it, Iâ€™m confident that is not hyperbole. This was an absolutely epic evening that no Pirate fan will ever forget.
The blackout â€“ which was a tremendous success. The countless rousing ovations...
On this day in 1903,Â the National and American Leagues began the process of co-existing, ending two years of unnecessary fighting off the field. The first World Series featured the Boston Americans of the American League facing off against the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League in a best-of-nine format. Boston won the series 5-3, winning four straight games after being down...
Following Monday's AL tiebreaker game, the MLB postseason begins Tuesday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The Pirates host the Reds for a one-game, do-or-die playoff scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET. It's the first playoff baseball Pittsburgh has seen in 20 years, and Bucs fans surely hope this postseason lasts longer than one game. The Reds suffered a crushing defeat in last year...
First and foremost, the atmosphere was electric. The Pirates hadnâ€™t hosted a post-season game in 21 years, and their fans were in a mood to party. They chanted, they cheered, they hoisted cans of Iron City. Most were adorned in black, but they didnâ€™t come for a funeral. In the end, it was Cincinnatiâ€™s season that died. Pittsburgh won 6-2 and will go on to face St. Louis in...
The Pirates haven't hosted a playoff game since 1992. For Pirates fans, the excruciating wait comes to an end tonight as their hometown club plays host to the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Wild Card elimination game.Â
All it took was winning 8-3 on Saturday against, you guessed it, the Cincinnati Reds. After securing their first winning season and playoff appearance...
Pittsburgh took down the Cincinnati Reds in the wild card round for the Piratesâ€™ first playoff win since 1992. Here are 13 insane stats from their 2013 wild card win.
In a battle of National League Central foes, the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Division Series starting this evening at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals earned the division crown, overtaking the Pirates over the last two weeks of the regular season. The Redbirds have the experience while the Pirates have a feeling of destiny after reaching...
We've broken down the positions, now it's time to look at the pitchers.Â
The match-ups have been set for GMs 1 & 2, with the Pirates looking to toss Liriano and Morton in GMs 3 & 4 versus the to be determined order from the Cardinals that will include Joe Kelly and Shelby Miller.Â
All WAR information is from FanGraphs.Â
GM1: Adam Wainwright (6.2) vs...