Found October 04, 2012 on WHYGAVS?:
  I am in no way shape or form interested in reviewing the 2012 Pittsburgh Pirate season. It goes like this: it sucked, it was awesome, it sucked a lot more. I will remember a lot of individual moments from 2012 as being fantastic in a vacuum; Andrew McCutchen's incredible mid-season hot streak, Pedro Alvarez's brobdingnagian feats of strength (particularly against Cleveland and St. Louis), AJ Burnett's near no-hitter, DREW SUTTON (not just for his walkoff home run, but for his incredibly over-sensitive twitter feed and teary-eyed interviews that helped remind me that really, athletes are just human beings trying to find a place for themselves in this world), Starling Marte's career-opening homer, the way that PNC seemed to jump off of the TV screen in June and July, the way that every somewhat neutral baseball fan everywhere wanted something to go right for the Pirates for once when it seemed like maybe it could happen, and more. I will remember 2012 itself a...

Pirates Notebook: Burnett and McCutchen Finish With Ovations

A.J. Burnett didn’t have his best stuff in the final game of the 2012 season on Wednesday, but that didn’t stop the home crowd from giving him a standing ovation when he walked off the mound in the two-run sixth inning. The frame was highlighted with a pinch-hit single to leadoff the inning from veteran Chipper Jones in his last regular season at-bat before hanging up his cleats...

Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Off-Season Contract Issues and Projections

The Pirates are going to have an interesting arbitration class this offseason. Several players — Garrett Jones, James McDonald, Neil Walker — could all stand to get pretty heavy pay raises, while pitchers Joel Hanrahan and Jeff Karstens, both third time eligible, could serve as off-season trade chips. The Pirates also have an option on veteran catcher Rod Barajas, who which could...

First Pitch: The Case Against Extending Neil Walker

Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata to extensions. At the time there was talk that Neil Walker could also be a candidate to be extended, as the club was talking with him about the possibility. The two sides are still talking, and will enter this off-season with Walker qualifying for arbitration as a Super Two player. Most players who sign extensions...

First Pitch: Reviewing the Pre-Season Over/Unders

At the start of the year I ran a few polls, asking for over/under predictions on several key topics for the 2012 Pirates season. Now that the season is over, I thought it would be a good time to look back and see the results of some of those key story lines. Pedro Alvarez Home Runs Take Our Poll Remember back at the start of the season when people wanted to send Pedro Alvarez...

Pirates don't plan major changes after another collapse

A season that was once filled with so much hope ended like it always has for the Pittsburgh Pirates since 1993 -- with a record under .500. The Pirates finished 79-83. While that marked their top win total since they also had 79 victories in 1999, it also extended the franchise's streak of losing seasons to 20, the major North American professional sports record for futility...

Final: Braves 4, Pirates 0

Source: FanGraphs

Another late-season swoon lets The Streak live

The Pittsburgh Pirates insist they're headed in the right direction even after the franchise's record streak of consecutive losing seasons hit 20. The Pirates finished 79-83, matching their best record in 20 years, but the players know they let a promising season slip away. Manager Clint Hurdle pointed to the breakout season for All-Star centerfielder Andrew McCutchen,...

First Pitch: Finding a Post-Season Team

One of the side effects of the Pirates losing for 20 years in a row is that baseball carries on without them once the regular season is over. For that reason, I usually try to find a post-season team to pull for, as I’m sure any other baseball fan does. I usually go with the underdogs or the small market teams. That seems to be another common trend. This year, that’s the Oakland...

Finally finished

The Bucs’ 2012 season ended with a bit of whimper on Wednesday afternoon, as they lost in a lifeless fashion that was representative of much of their play in August and September. The loss dropped their final record to 79-83. A.J. Burnett had an uninspiring final start, as the Braves singled him to death and stole three key bases. He ended up allowing all four runs in just 5.2...


Earlier this summer, I started thinking about how my post for the Pirates' 82nd win would look. It was a foregone conclusion that they would get there in early August; I actually briefly wondered if they'd have a chance to get to 82 around the time that I would be home for a game on Labor Day. That was going to be a stretch, of course, but it seemed like it wouldn'...

Another Offseason Begins

Well the 2012 season is coming to an end today as the Pirates are getting ready to try and finish their campaign off with a three game sweep of the Atlanta Braves, who will be playing in the one-game Wild Card playoff on Friday after a season in which they won 93 or 94 games. The fact that a 93/94 team might be eliminated by the 87/88 win Cardinals in a one-game playoff is absolutely...
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