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No Cards clinch: Pittsburgh beats STL in Game 1 of doubleheader

  The chat was brief. Clint Hurdle figured he didn't need to elaborate on the stakes when the Pittsburgh manager told Gerrit Cole he was starting the opener of a doubleheader against St. Louis on Wednesday, hoping to keep their team's slim chances of catching the frontrunning Cardinals. "He said, `We need a win. You're going,'" Cole said. "I said `all right.' It's a compliment....
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies rhubarb: Bigger mistake, trading Holliday or firing Hurdle?

On Wednesday night Clint Hurdle and the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrated their postseason-clinching victory on the infield at Coors Field. The celebration had to be especially sweet for Hurdle, who has now managed the Pirates to three consecutive postseason berths since being fired by the Rockies in 2009. Hurdle, as Rockies fans should be well aware, led Colorado to the World Series...
Via Mile High Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Three up, three down: Which Rockies need to play down the stretch

With a 6-3 victory at Coors Field on Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Pirates moved closer to clinching a playoff berth. A win Wednesday against Colorado, who have now lost three in a row, will secure former-Rockies manager Clint Hurdle a third-consecutive appearance in baseball’s postseason. Colorado has been out of the postseason conversation since July, when they spent the entire month...
Via Mile High Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies: Jon Gray fails to pick up first win

Rockies lose as Pirates trouncing of Rockies leaves less answers more “Gray” area heading into 2016. HIGHLIGHTS   RUNDOWN: Clint Hurdle led his team in a pennant race at Coors Field.  This time he was in a Pirate uniform taking on Jon Gray and the Rockies.  Gray who made his 9th start, was looking to pick up his 1st major league win.  Gray didn’t have his best...
Via BSN Denver
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Hurdle doesn't have 'any warm and fuzzies' over imminent playoff berth

Heading into Monday's game, the Pittsburgh Pirates' magic number to clinch a playoff berth was just three. They could clinch a spot in the postseason for the third consecutive season as early as Tuesday, but that just doesn't excite manager Clint Hurdle anymore. His expectations are higher now. “I think the first time, it has the most meaning,” Hurdle said before their game against...
Via Fox Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates manager Hurdle selling CD collection to benefit charity

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is selling over 2,300 music CDs to benefit charity. The former MLB outfielder turned manager is putting his large CD collection up for auction to benefit a local radio station (91.3 WYEP), and Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA). WYEP is a non-profit radio station that has served the greater Pittsburgh area for over 40 years. The stated...
Via Sportsnaut
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Chemistry, the Cubs, and a key series at PNC

A pivotal series in the National League playoff race got underway today, with the Pittsburgh Pirates hosting the Chicago Cubs in the first of a four-game set. The two clubs play again tonight, with the home team now holding a five-game lead over the visitors for the top wild card spot. The St. Louis Cardinals are currently two up on the Bucs for the Central Division lead. Theo Epstein...
Via Fangraphs
19 days ago  |  Discuss

The most promising thing about Polanco right now

The funny thing is, Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte are so good the Pirates would be in the conversation for baseball’s best outfield no matter who the third guy was. But more often than not, the third guy has been Gregory Polanco, and Polanco came with enormous hype. He’s had his good days and bad days, his good moods and bad moods, but these days Polanco’s on a tear....
Via Fangraphs
August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Breaking Bad Starring Clint Hurdle

There is no question the Pittsburgh Pirates were dealt a bit of a bad hand coming out of the All Star Break. The break could not have come at a worse time for what had been the hottest team in baseball throughout the first two weeks of July. Thanks to a pair of dramatic come from behind walk off wins over the Cardinals in the last two games prior to the All-Star Game the Pirates...
Via Hidden Vigorish
July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Were 3-year Huntington/Hurdle extensions justified?, part 2

Part 2 in a 2-part series; opening image credit Sports Illustrated.  Read Part 1- weighing GM Neal Huntington’s extension- right here.  Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug After steering his 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates through a previously tumultuous August-September stretch to clinch the club’s first playoff appearance in 21 years, the club kicked off the 2014 campaign by extending...
April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

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