Found October 04, 2013 on Sportress of Blogitude:
Fan-freaking-tastic. A young Pittsburgh Pirates fan would have had to miss watching his favorite team’s Game 2 showdown with the St. Louis Cardinals if it weren’t for a note that excuses him from school just before game time as he has “Bucco fever” and has an appointment scheduled with Dr. McCutchen, as in Pirates center […]The post Young Pirates fan has note excusing him from school due to case of ‘Bucco fever’ (photo) appeared first on Sportress of Blogitude.

Despite September woes, Mujica on Cardinals roster

ST. LOUIS -- Edward Mujica is on the Cardinals' roster for the NL division series -- even after losing his job as closer in mid-September. St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said Wednesday that Mujica's role would be "right-handed reliever." Mujica likely made it at the expense of rookie lefty Sam Freeman. Matheny also said there wouldn't be any lineup wrinkles...

St. Louis' Mr. October: Freese steps up big yet again in postseason play

ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Beltran hit the monster homer and Adam Wainwright delivered the dominant start for the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday afternoon. But as Wainwright dissected the 9-1 victory over the Pirates in the NL Division Series, third baseman David Freese was the player he called, "St. Louis' version of Mr. October." "He doesn't need to be saying that...

Pittsburgh Pirates Gerrit Cole’s Devastating Slider

Pittsburgh Pirates rookie hurler Gerrit Cole will start Game 2 of the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. The rookie hurler posted a 3.22 ERA in 117.1 innings, with a 21.3% strikeout rate and a 6.0% walk rate. His FIP of 2.91 was even with teammate Francisco Liriano and just a shade behind A.J. Burnett. Cole has gotten better as the season has progressed. His second half...

Pirates beat Cards, even NLDS

Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates played like veterans. Cole gave up two hits in six dominant innings and had an RBI in his postseason debut, Pedro Alvarez homered for the second straight day and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-1 Friday to even their NL division series at a game apiece. After taking advantage of several Cardinals mistakes, the Pirates...

Cardinal Talk: KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Trying to keep the Jolly Roger down

Weekly St. Louis Cardinals-focused chat on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines. Late Friday afternoon, I joined Ken Miller and Jim Brinson on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines in our weekly series to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals, “Cardinal Talk.” As usual, we focused on the National League Central, though this time, the two survivors are competing in the Division...

Cardinals choose Joe Kelly to start Game 3 of NLDS

On Thursday, St. Louis Cardinals' manager Mike Matheny named Joe Kelly as the Game 3 starter of the NLDS against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The game is scheduled for a Sunday start at 4:30 PM Eastern Time in Pittsburgh. As reported by Jenifer Langosch of, Kelly was a logical choice given his success on the road and specifically at PNC Park this season. In two ...

NLDS Preview: Cardinals Hope to Contain Rival Pirates

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...

NLDS 2013 Preview: Pitching

We've broken down the positions, now it's time to look at the pitchers.  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.  All WAR information is from FanGraphs.  GM1: Adam Wainwright (6.2) vs...

Pirates blast Cardinals, even NLDS

The way Pirates manager Clint Hurdle sees it rookie right-hander Gerrit Cole is an old-school guy. That's why Hurdle was not worried about putting the 23-year-old newbie on the mound Friday a day after the St. Louis Cardinals won the first game of the best-of-five National League Division Series. “The fact we're one (game) down — Cole is kind of old-school this way...

Pirates Set NLDS Roster

Starters A.J. Burnett Gerrit Cole Francisco Liriano Charlie Morton Bullpen Jeanmar Gomez Jason Grilli Vin Mazzaro Mark Melancon Bryan Morris Tony Watson Justin Wilson Catchers  Russell Martin John Buck Infielders Pedro Alvarez Clint Barmes Josh Harrison Garrett Jones Jordy Mercer Justin Morneau Gaby Sanchez Neil Walker Outfielders Marlon Byrd Starling Marte Andrew McCutchen Jose Tabata…

Cardinals 9, Pirates 1

Well, it turns out this postseason thing isn’t always as fun as it was for Bucs fans on Tuesday night. Today the Pirates had the tables turned on them, and the Cardinals were the ones enjoying an easy victory to the delight of the home fans. The difference, of course, is that it wasn’t a one game playoff and the Pirates will have the opportunity to bounce back in a matter of...

Barmes: Bucs a resilient bunch

Pirates shortstop Clint Barmes says the Pirates have come a long way this season. Down 0-1 to the Cardinals in the NLDS, Barmes told's George Von Benko after Wild Card win over Reds that the Bucs will battle adversity.

Cardinals release 1st group of minor leaguers

The St. Louis Cardinals have released seven minor league players from six different levels of play.

Pirates 7, Cardinals 1

The Bucs are coming home after a split on the road, and despite Thursday’s disaster, they’re back in great shape after a victory Friday that was the polar opposite of Game 1. After an off day Saturday, the Bucs will have the opportunity to win this series without going back to St. Louis – it’s now a best-of-three and they have home field. Francisco Liriano will take the hill...

NLDS Preview: Of course it's the Cardinals

TOn September 27, 2006, two friends of mine and I went down to PNC Park for a Pirates/Astros game. The season was beyond over for the Pirates; they were 65-92 headed into the game and they were already five games into what was ended up being an eight-game losing streak. The Astros were in the middle of a desperate run at a collapsing Cardinal team; they'd won seven in a row to...
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