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First Pitch: Looking at the Pirates Starting Pitching Depth in 2015 and Beyond

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the off-season with a need for two starting pitchers. They filled those needs with A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano, who both join Gerrit Cole to give the Pirates a good trio at the top of the rotation. Charlie Morton is right behind those three, and could be healthy by Opening Day. Finally, they’ll have Jeff Locke and Vance Worley fighting it...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Notes: Ray Searage on Cole and Morton; Holdzkom’s Focus, Polanco in Right Field

Over the weekend at PirateFest, several players and Ray Searage met with the media to discuss the upcoming season. Here are some notes from a few of those interviews, starting with a few notes from Searage. **Gerrit Cole was up and down in 2014, but showed flashes of his ace potential, especially in the month of September when he had a 45:6 K/BB ratio to go along with a 2.55 xFIP...
Via Pirates Prospects
4 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Recaps: The Fall and Rise of the 2014 Pirates Rotation

The results from the 2013 season gave some hope for the 2014 rotation. At the end of the year, the Pittsburgh Pirates looked like they had three top of the rotation guys in Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole, and A.J. Burnett. During the off-season, they didn’t bring back Burnett, and instead went for Edinson Volquez. As a result, there was a lot of fan backlash to the set of moves...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

It Only Takes One Pitch

Even if Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle would have started Gerrit Cole in Wednesday night’s elimination wild card contest, it may not have mattered. Then again, we probably wouldn’t be sitting here looking back on the one particular pitch that turned the game on its head. On Sunday to close out the season, Hurdle went with his best starter, Cole, in an attempt to put...
Via The Sports Post
October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Should Gerrit Cole have started Sunday?

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Via Fox Sports
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 9-22-14 thru 9-28-14

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 9/22/14 thru 9/28/14, the final week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 regular season.   Weekly result: 4 Wins and 3 Loss, 26 Runs Scored and 24 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen made a late push for a second MVP with a solid week to close out the season. Cutch had 9 hits in 22 ABs this week and drew...
Via Hidden Vigorish
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 162: Reds 4 Pirates 1

To put it bluntly, this game was every stupid thing that I was afraid it was going to be. Gerrit Cole was phenomenal for the Pirates; he got into a little trouble in the first inning in part due to a Brandon Phillips bloop single, escaped the jam with only one run allowed, and then cruised through the next six innings without breaking a sweat. He was painting with 98 mph fastballs...
Via WHYGAVS?
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Why you pitch Gerrit Cole on Sunday

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Via Fox Sports
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates stay on rotation for unsettled playoffs

CINCINNATI (AP) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is staying with his starting pitching alignment for the playoffs, which meant using right-hander Gerrit Cole on Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds because the game had bearing on the NL Central title. Cole has been Pittsburgh best pitcher lately, winning his last four starts. Hurdle had to decide whether to use Cole on Sunday as planned...
Via AP on Fox
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Morning Report: West Virginia Could Go From First to Worst

In Friday’s Morning Report, I commented on the West Virginia Power’s top ten list and how they were the Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate with the best group of prospects this year. On Saturday, we posted the season recap’s for Bristol and for Jamestown. Neither of those top ten lists has much top-end talent. In fact, you could combine those two teams and the top ten list would...
Via Pirates Prospects
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Playoff and Rotation Watch: Sunday 9/28

It’s the final day of the regular season and the NL Central has not been decided yet. The matchups: Pirates (???) play the Reds (Cueto) at 1:10 Cardinals (Wainwright) play the D-Backs (Collmenter) at 4:10 Note that MLB.TV is free for the rest of the regular season so you can watch online.  The scenarios are simple: Pirates lose AND/OR Cardinals win: Cardinals win the Central…...
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September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

The NL Central Comes Down to Game 162; Who Should Start a Tiebreaker Game?

This has been a crazy season. The Pittsburgh Pirates had a horrible month of April, went back and forth all summer between being borderline contenders and borderline out of the race, lost a lot of key players for various stretches, had a horrible record against everyone in their division except the Cubs, and now we enter the final day of the season and they still have a shot at winning...
Via Pirates Prospects
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Morning Report: The GCL Prospect List Offers No Guarantees

Baseball America released their top 20 prospect list for the Gulf Coast League, kicking off their league-by-league prospect rankings. The Pittsburgh Pirates had two representatives on the list, Cole Tucker and Mitch Keller. They had two other players in outfielder Michael de la Cruz and pitcher Trey Supak, who both deserved consideration for the top 20. They also had pitcher Gage...
Via Pirates Prospects
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch: Pittsburgh Pirates celebrate playoff berth

The Pittsburgh Pirates earned their second straight trip to the playoffs with a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night. The Pirates are also within a game-and-a-half of the National League Central lead with the St. Louis Cardinals losing to the Chicago Cubs in the 10th inning. The Pirates are guaranteed no worse than a National League wild card.The Buc’s ticket was...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Surging Pirates clinch playoff spot with victory over Braves

  Gerrit Cole retired the final 17 hitters he faced, and the surging Pittsburgh Pirates clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 3-2 win over the free-falling Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night. The Pirates' win combined with Milwaukee's loss to Cincinnati assured Pittsburgh of no worse than an National League wild card. The Pirates wrapped up their berth exactly one year after clinching...
Via AP on Fox
September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates clinch playoff spot, beat Braves 3-2

ATLANTA (AP) Gerrit Cole retired the final 17 hitters he faced, and the surging Pittsburgh Pirates clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 3-2 win over the free-falling Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night. The Pirates' win combined with Milwaukee's loss to Cincinnati assured Pittsburgh of no worse than an NL wild card. The Pirates wrapped up their berth exactly one year after clinching...
Via AP on Fox
September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Let’s try and make tonight the night

At this point the math is easy: the Pirates’ magic number is two. That means that if the Pirates win and the Brewers lose tonight, the wild card race is over for the Pirates and they’ll be the fourth National League team to clinch a playoff spot. If you assume that the Cardinals are not going to collapse this week (and this doesn’t seem likely), this step is the single most...
Via WHYGAVS?
September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 152: Pirates 3 Red Sox 2

Last year, Gerrit Cole bore down to make one of his best starts of the season to beat an American League team by one run to earn the Pirates their 82nd win of the season, breaking the longest franchise losing streak in North America and setting off celebrations all over Pirateland. Tonight, Gerrit Cole bore down to make one of his best starts of the season to beat an American League...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole looks to lead the Pirates to sweep of Red Sox

Even though the Pirates have taken the first two games from the Red Sox in this three-game set with relative ease, the third game of this series is arguably the most important to the Bucs. A win tonight guarantees that the Pirates host the Brewers with at least a 2 1/2 game lead, which would put all the pressure in the world on the Brewers at PNC this weekend. I know the two teams’...
Via WHYGAVS?
September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Lining up the Pirates’ rotation the rest of the way

Monday was the last off day of the regular season for the Pirates. With only thirteen games left, I think we’re at the point where we can reasonably look forward and see what the rotation could look like the rest of the way — since that will be a growing topic as the Wild Card game approaches. The Bucs still have to get there, of course, but let’s take a look at how things...
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September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Cole, Harrison propel surging Pirates past Cubs to keep pace in Central race

  Gerrit Cole won consecutive starts for the first time since early June, NL batting leader Josh Harrison had three hits and the surging Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 7-3 Friday night for their seventh win in eight games. Cole (9-5) improved to 5-0 against the Cubs, allowing three runs, five hits and one walk in six innings with six strikeouts. He also won at Wrigley...
Via AP on Fox
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole leads surging Pirates over Cubs 7-3

PITTSBURGH (AP) Gerrit Cole won consecutive starts for the first time since early June, NL batting leader Josh Harrison had three hits and the surging Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 7-3 Friday night for their seventh win in eight games. Cole (9-5) improved to 5-0 against the Cubs, allowing three runs, five hits and one walk in six innings with six strikeouts. He also won...
Via AP on Fox
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Some thoughts on a Monday morning that somehow sees the Pirates in a playoff position

I watched yesterday’s game right up to Jordy Mercer’s home run. I had plans to go to a concert and do some tailgating ahead of time, and Mercer’s homer to give the Pirates a 5-0 lead was pretty much perfectly timed with when I was planning on leaving. Two hitters before Mercer, though, I saw Gerrit Cole up at the plate hacking away at Travis Wood and the thought that he was...
Via WHYGAVS?
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Why You Never Really Give Up On Prospects

There are a lot of stories in the minor leagues that are pretty standard. You’ll have guys like Gerrit Cole who are drafted as top prospects, perform well in their minor league careers, and go on to become big leaguers, as expected. There will be some surprise breakout prospects like Gregory Polanco and Tyler Glasnow, where the individual performances are a bit of a surprise, but...
Via Pirates Prospects
September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Why Does The Cole Train Stop After 6 Innings?

For the second time in a week Gerrit Cole, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ ace in training, faltered in the 7th inning against the St. Louis Cardinals. On August 26th Cole pitched 6 shutout innings before the Cards led off the 7th with a pair of hits. With his pitch count elevated to 108 manager Clint Hurdle pulled Cole from the game. Tony Watson would later allow the inherited runners...
Via Hidden Vigorish
September 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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