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Tim Hudson: Madison Bumgarner ‘goes out there and sticks it right up your butt’

San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner had a playoff pitching performance for the ages, going the distance on 109 pitches while striking out 10 and giving up only four hits in an 8-0 shutout of the neutered Pittsburgh Pirates in Wednesday’s National League Wild Card game. But it was cool calm Bumgarner displayed before the […] The post Tim Hudson: Madison Bumgarner ‘goes...
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Young Pirates fan mimics players behind home plate at NL Wild Card game (Video)

A young Pittsburgh Pirates fan turned himself into an Internet sensation during Wednesday night's National League Wild Card game against San Francisco by mimicing the players of his favorite team from behind home plate in full view of television cameras.The young Pirates fan was perfectly positioned in the aisle behind home plate during the late innings of the game. The kid...
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NL Wild Card Game Live Blog

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Bob Robertson and the Giants: Tonight, everyone matters

When the Pirates and Giants play into tonight’s Wild Card Game, it’ll be their first playoff meeting since the 1971 NLCS. The 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates were a fearsome offensive baseball team. They lead the National League with 788 runs scored and 154 home runs. Their .274 batting average was the second in the NL, their .330 OBP was second, and their .416 slugging percentage was...
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20 hours ago  |  Discuss

What to watch in the NL Wild Card game

The National League Wild Card game is about as pure as you can get: two teams with identical records, close to evenly matched on paper, fighting it out for the right to visit the nation’s capital. It may not match the back-and-forth excitement of last night’s crazy contest, but it should be a good game in its own right. The Pirates finished the season as one of the hottest teams...
Via The Outside Corner
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Is Edinson Volquez Better Than His Advanced Metrics Show?

When the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Edinson Volquez for $5 M last year, there were no predictions that he would be pitching in the NL Wild Card Game this October. Instead, the predictions were more along the lines of “When will the Pirates replace Volquez in the rotation?” and “There is no way they return to the playoffs.” And yet, here we are on October 1st, and Edinson Volquez...
Via Pirates Prospects
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Official Wildcard Roster Set!

Pitchers Edinson Volquez Mark Melancon Tony Watson John Holdzkom Jeff Locke Jared Hughes Justin Wilson Vance Worley Bobby LaFromboise Catchers Russell Martin Chris Stewart Tony Sanchez Infielders Ike Davis Gaby Sanchez Neil Walker Jordy Mercer Josh Harrison Clint Barmes Brent Morel Outfielders Andrew McCutchen Starling Marte Travis Snider Gregory Polanco Jose Tabata Andrew Lambo...
Via This Is Getting Old
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Fans Could Establish PNC Park as the Toughest Playoff Baseball Atmosphere

Tonight the Pittsburgh Pirates will take on the San Francisco Giants, hosting the NL Wild Card Game for the second straight year at PNC Park. Last year, the Wild Card Game featured one of the best baseball atmospheres I’ve ever witnessed. The players noticed this as well. “It was unbelievably loud. I couldn’t hear myself talk,” Andrew McCutchen said. “You’ve got 40,000...
Via Pirates Prospects
1 day ago  |  Discuss

5 little-known facts: The Steve Bartman incident (Infographic)

Here at Holdout Sports, we've been getting ready for the MLB postseason by revisiting some of the great moments in the recent past. However, our MLB playoff retrospective wouldn't be complete without revisiting one of the most infamous moments in MLB history: the Steve Bartman incident.In 2003, the Chicago Cubs appeared to be on their way to the World Series for the first...
Via Holdout Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Matchup: Edinson Volquez vs. Madison Bumgarner

When the Pirates signed Edinson Volquez in December, pretty much the most optimistic takes were something like “the Pirates can probably turn him around enough to make him a decent fifth starter and worth the $5 million.” Nobody in their wildest dreams would have imagined him taking the mound for Wild Card Blackout Part 2, but he will do exactly that on Wednesday night. While...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Russell Martin expects to start Wild Card game

The Pittsburgh Pirates have good news heading into Wednesday night's win or go home wild card game, as three time all-star catcher Russell Martin is expected to be back in the lineup after dealing with a hamstring injury. Russell Martin (hamstring) expects to start tomorrow, said leg feels strong after a couple days off.— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) September 30, 2014While...
Via Sports Injury Alert
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Taking a Guess at the Pirates’ Wild Card Roster

The Pittsburgh Pirates will release their Wild Card rosters tomorrow morning at 10 AM. Clint Hurdle gave a few hints on the makeup of the roster, but wouldn’t reveal any names until tomorrow. Based on what we know, I wanted to do a prediction on who might be on the team. Below is just my guess, based on what Hurdle said in his press conference today, along with a look at how the...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

What did Edinson Volquez do differently in 2014, and what hasn’t changed?

Edinson Volquez had a better year in 2014 than he did in 2013. This seems like an obvious statement to make — Volquez had the worst ERA among qualified pitchers in baseball last year, putting up a 5.71 ERA with the Padres and Dodgers. Given that the Padres and Dodgers both pitch in pitcher’s parks, that number is even more impressive. In 2014, Volquez has been the mainstay...
Via WHYGAVS?
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Why The Pittsburgh Pirates Will Win The World Series

Edinson Volquez gets the ball in the Wild Card game Before you all get carried away, let me be the first to announce that this is the first edition of a Baseball Hot Corner special on why a team will win the World Series. Ten writers will each take a piece and a team and write why they think the team they’re writing about will win the World Series. Aside from me clarifying that...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates and Giants played some crazy games this year

The Pirates will meet the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night in the NL Wild Card game. The game will be at PNC Park because the Pirates won the season series 4-2 (taking two of three at PNC and at AT&T). The two teams finished with identical records, and amazingly enough, identical run differentials (+51). I’ll be looking at this matchup in a number of posts before the...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
3 days ago  |  Discuss
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