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The federal government and the Cincinnati Reds both shut down Tuesday and the Reds won’t be back until next April.
In actuality Pittsburgh Pirates left hander Francisco Liriano shut down the Reds in the National League wild-card game holding them to four hits in a 6-2 victory at PNC Park.
On the other side the Johnny Cueto Comeback Story was a bust. He couldn’t keep his pitches below the belt so both Marlon Byrd and Russell Martin belted second-inning home runs.
That launched the Pirates onward and upward and Cueto survived only 3 1/3 innings giving up four runs seven hits and a walk. Significantly he didn’t strike anybody out.
So while the Pirates fly to St. Louis to play the National League Division Series the Reds scatter hither and yon for deep sea fishing deer hunting golf outings and backyard barbecues after one game.
Liriano came into the game with an 8-1 record at home with a 1.46 ERA and it was quickly evident he was going make this one a keeper too. He retired the...
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If you are a fan of the Texas Rangers, how do you view the past few years? Is it a good thing that the team has been very good and has continued to make the post season? Or is it ultimately a bad thing with two losses in the World Series--one a brutal loss--two play-in losses and September fades? Judging from the reaction of my Twitter buds who are Rangers fans, it was another brutal...
ESPN mocked Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto during a Wednesday episode of SportsCenter for dropping the ball on the mound during the previous night's National League Wild Card playoff game in Pittsburgh.
As SportsCenter headed to a commercial break, anchor David Lloyd was being taunted by what appeared to be a group of interns when he dropped his notes (skip ahead...
In their first postseason game since 1992, Francisco Liriano and the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Cincinnati Reds 6-2 Tuesday at PNC Park. Primarily using a slider and mid-90s fastball, the 29-year-old Liriano (16-8, 3.02 ERA) yielded only one run and four hits over seven innings against a solid Reds lineup. Signing a two-year deal worth $12.75 million last February, Liriano whiffed...
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...
Johnny Cueto is getting absolutely pounded early on in Pittsburgh, allowing three runs in the first three innings and getting so rattled by a raucous PNC Park crowd that he dropped the ball right out of his hand while preparing to throw a pitch. The score could be a lot worse than 3-0 through three if it weren't for Reds third baseman Todd Frazier. With two on and two out in...
When the Pirates started their weekend series with the Reds last Friday, it was clear that home field advantage was on the line. What we didn't know at the time was that by clinching home field advantage a day early with easy wins on Friday and Saturday, the Pirates also changed their mound opponent tonight from Mat Latos to Johnny Cueto (the Reds say that the reason they scratched...
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...
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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...
The Cincinnati Reds have learned how to reach the postseason. Winning once they get there, however, remains elusive.
Johnny Cueto struggled with his command and a raucous crowd that relentlessly taunted him as the Reds fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 on Tuesday night in the NL wild-card game.
The Reds, who won 90 games and reached the playoffs for the third time in four years...
PNC Park on Tuesday was not a pleasant place for Johnny Cueto, the Cincinnati Reds or family members of the team’s players. Dallas Latos, the wife of Reds starter Mat Latos, said on Twitter that she was assaulted at the game by a Pittsburgh Pirates fan. She says she repeatedly told PNC Park security that […]
The Reds faced a familiar foe in the wild-card play-in and their season-ending woes continued to limit their post season to only one game, a 6-2 loss at Pittsburgh. Johnny Cueto was ineffective and the Pirates never looked back after taking a second inning lead from two homers.
Major League Baseball’s postseason euphoria is already in high gear and the first series hasn’t even started yet. This is due in large part to the expanded Wild Card format and the tiebreaker game.
After a postseason drought that had reached the legal drinking age of 21 years the Pittsburgh Pirates made a triumphant return Tuesday night defeating the Cincinnati Reds, 6-2. Backed...
Six months. 182 games. For the Reds, 1,511 innings played; for the Pirates, 1,505. A season, a marathon, complete.
And yet, the legacies of those long, arduous seasons, all come down to one. One game. One moment. One chance.
Both the Reds and the Pirates will be teetering on the plank in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night when they face off in the NL Wild Card Game –a sudden death, winner...
Todd Frazier bailed Johnny Cueto out of a shaky second inning with an incredible diving catch on Tuesday night in the one-game playoff between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds. Cueto allowed home runs to Marlon Byrd and Russell Martin, and he gave up back-to-back hits to Starling Marte and Francisco Liriano. The Pirates had […]