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Reds spoil Burnett's finale, beat Bucs to stop 13-game skid

PITTSBURGH (AP) A.J. Burnett was outpitched by a rookie in the final regular-season start of his career, and the Cincinnati Reds prevented Pittsburgh from clinching home-field advantage in the NL wild-card game by beating the Pirates 3-1 Saturday night to snap a 13-game losing streak. Pittsburgh still needs a win Sunday or a Chicago Cubs loss to host the one-game playoff Wednesday...
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Pirates to start ace Gerrit Cole in wild-card game vs Cubs

PITTSBURGH (AP) Gerrit Cole isn't going to miss the NL wild-card game this time around. The Pirates announced Saturday their All-Star ace will start Wednesday's elimination game against the Chicago Cubs. Cole is third in the National League with 19 wins. He went 2-1 with a 2.13 ERA in four starts against Chicago during the regular season. Cole did not start last year's 8-0 wild...
Via AP on Fox
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Marte saves the day

Juuuust when things were starting to look a little dicey for Wild Card home field, the Pirates did just enough to rescue themselves from a cold, soggy, bad loss against a miserable Reds team that is just playing out the string. Starling Marte made it a happy ending: Now the Pirates just need one more win or one more Cubs loss over the final two to make it a date at PNC Park on Wednesday...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Starling Marte hits walk-off in extras against Reds

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Via Fox Sports Ohio
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

There is a small amount of business remaining before the playoffs begin

The reaction to the Cardinals NL Central clinch on Wednesday night kind of weirds me out. There was an immediate Charlie Morton backlash, followed by a collective Pirate fan panic that the Cubs are going to catch the Pirates this weekend and switch the Wild Card Game from PNC Park to Wrigley Field. It is still within the realm of possibility that the Cubs may do this, but please...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ secret weapon

The man who started the 2015 season with the Omaha Storm Chasers — Triple A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals — is now the secret weapon for the playoff-bound Pittsburgh Pirates. Joe Blanton was purchased by the Pirates after being designated for assignment in late July. The former first-round draft pick had a disappointing past couple years, even taking all of 2014 off from...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals clinch NL Central; first 100-game winner since 2011

It’s getting difficult to remember the last time the St. Louis Cardinals weren’t part of the MLB postseason. The Cards clinched their third straight NL Central title with an 11-1 win over the Pirates on Wednesday, putting them in the playoffs for the fifth year in a row. With the victory, St. Louis also gets their 100th win of the season, becoming the first team to crack triple...
Via The Outside Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Doubleheader on Wednesday

Tonight’s #Pirates vs #STLCards game has been postponed Split doubleheader tomorrow. INFO: — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) September 29, 2015 A miserable loss on Monday, and now this. Let’s hope the week takes a turn for the better starting at 1:35 on Wednesday. It will be Gerrit Cole against Michael Wacha in Game 1, and Charlie...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

In which we accept Jake Arrieta in the Wild Card Game as an inevitability

I said this before last night’s game, but I’ll repeat it here briefly: the reason that the Pittsburgh Pirates will not win the NL Central this year doesn’t lie solely on last night’s loss, because if I asked you to pick through the season and name a dozen losses that stick out in your mind they probably wouldn’t even half-overlap with my dozen infuriating losses. This is...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Maintaining First Wild Card is a Necessity to Beat Arrieta

The Pittsburgh Pirates are mathematically alive for the NL Central Division crown, but realistically that dream ended when they dropped the first game of a pivotal series to the Cardinals at the start of the final week of the regular season. It is time to look ahead to a show down in the Wild Card Game with the Cubs. The Pirates are on a collision course with the force that is Cub’s...
Via Hidden Vigorish
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole is now the most important Pirates player

Gerrit Cole might not be the best player on the Pittsburgh Pirates — Andrew McCutchen probably still holds that distinction — but over the course of the next 10 days, perhaps no pitcher in the National League, or perhaps in Major League Baseball, will have a greater impact on his team’s season. Cole has slid under the radar of the Cy Young race as Clayton Kershaw, Jake Arrieta...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

This is game one of one

You as a Pirate fan likely have a lot on your mind. Can the Pirates win tonight? Can they somehow win tomorrow with Charlie Morton scheduled to start? If they do sweep the Cards to tie the division, can they actually beat the Reds enough to give that meaning? What if the Pirates and Cards end up tied for the division, who starts in Game 163? Who starts the Wild Card Game then? Failing...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 9-21-15 to 9-27-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 9/21/15 thru 9/21/15, the 25th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 6 Wins and 1 Loss, 40 Runs Scored and 23 Runs Allowed.   Hero of the week: Jordy Mercer. Mercer caught fire in the high altitude of Denver and then carried it over to Chicago. His 3 Run Homer on Saturday that cut through the wind...
Via Hidden Vigorish
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: GM Huntington’s Dumpster Dives Shine

Image credit vavel I’m fairly critical of Pittsburgh Pirates GM Neal Huntington.  But I will also give him props when he ends up being right about moves that I doubted.  This past MLB Trade Deadline, I was furious over the GM’s dabbling in veteran reclamation projects, as opposed to adding marquee additions like many American League contenders did (Trade Deadline Hangover...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Mark Melancon Is Shutting Them Down

Toward the end of April, things weren’t looking so hot for Pirates relief ace Mark Melancon. His velocity was down — way down — and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was beginning to field questions about Melancon’s job security. Fast forward to September, and it seems like ages ago that we were even discussing this in a serious matter, because Melancon is on the verge of a historic...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies send champagne to playoff-clinching Pirates’ clubhouse (pic)

The Pittsburgh Pirates clinched a spot in Major League Baseball’s postseason for the third consecutive season courtesy of Wednesday’s 13-7 win over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. And the home team, mired in a horrible losing season, did its best to assist the Pirates in celebrating the playoff berth. When the Pirates returned to the the visitor’s clubhouse following...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates leave LA as heroes

Gerrit Cole delivered a strong start, the offense put together a pretty solid afternoon, and the bullpen closed it out for a very nice rubber match win at Dodger Stadium. This may have been a matchup the Pirates were supposed to win, but still – a road game against a first place club is never even close to a gimme, and it’s not as if it came easily. But since they pulled it out...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
12 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
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates, Cubs ready to change NL playoff landscape

If the regular season ended today, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs would square off at PNC Park for the National League Wild Card one-game playoff. If the standings hold out, it will be the third consecutive year that the Pirates host the NL WC game, following a 20-year playoff drought. The Pirates beat the Reds in 2013 and lost to the eventual-champion Giants...
Via The Sports Quotient
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Jung Ho Kang does not blame Chris Coghlan for injury that ends his season

Jung Ho Kang has put together an impressive first season in Major League Baseball after playing professionally in Korea since 2006. Unfortunately, his season likely over after a collision a second base during Thursday’s game between the Pirates and Cubs. In the top of the first inning, Anthony Rizzo hit a ground ball to Neil Walker, who tossed the ball to Kang for the first out...
Via Larry Brown Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Hard slide by Chris Coghlan ends Jung Ho Kang’s season

The Pittsburgh Pirates were dealt a massive blow on Thursday when a hard slide into second base by Chris Coghlan of the Chicago Cubs injured Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang, fracturing his tibia and tearing his MCL. Jung Ho Kang has a torn MCL and fractured tibia. He will be out for the year. Kang batted .287 this year for Pirates. — Baseball...
Via The Outside Corner
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Gregory Polanco easily retires Trevor Cahill on a 9-3 putout

Usually when we see 9-3 putouts, a catcher or pitcher is running, the right fielder is playing shallow, and uncorks a laser beam of a throw to retire the baserunner. And on Tuesday in Pittsburgh, that’s exactly what happened when Gregory Polanco gunned out Trevor Cahill, who wasn’t even running hard to first. At least Cahill did his job for the Cubs on the mound – he...
Via The Outside Corner
18 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NL Wild Card game: A singular baseball event

The introduction of the second wild-card playoff team in each league in 2012 ignited the latest in a never-ending round of debates between baseball purists and modernists. Purists argued that the expansion of the playoff field cheapened the regular season, bringing it closer in line with the other major sports in terms of percentage of teams qualifying for the postseason. Major League...
Via Fangraphs
18 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Cardinals will win the 2015 World Series

The St. Louis Cardinals have what it takes to win a championship this year. The team currently sits ahead of the pack in the NL Central with an 89-54 record, though it is still a tight race. The Pittsburgh Pirates sit just 2.5 games back while the Cubs aren’t far behind at 6.5 games behind. However, neither team will catch the Cardinals—a team that has been a powerhouse all...
Via Sportsnaut
18 days ago  |  Discuss

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