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...
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Playoff and Rotation Watch: Tuesday 9/23

With the Pirates on the verge of clinching a postseason spot, there are a number of things to keep track of if you’re wondering where they’ll end up, how the rotation will fall, etc. Until everything is set, I’ll try and lay the situation out here before each day’s set of games. Pirates’ record: 85-71, 6 games left (3 at Braves, 3 at Reds) Tonight: Gerrit Cole vs. Alex...
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Trade With The Underdog Card Collector: Gerrit Cole USA Auto-Relic, Kemp, Kershaw, Trout, and Most of 2011 Gypsy Queen.

I completed my first trade with Zach from The Underdog Card Collector. Zach is a fellow Anaheim Ducks' and San Diego Chargers' fan, so he already gets bonus points in my book. Zach and I agreed to a big trade, and based on a recent e-mail from him, it seems he enjoyed what headed his way. I certainly love everything I received, so let's get to the Vanna White-ing portion...
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Morning Report: Getting to Know the New Players in the Instructional League

The Pittsburgh Pirates released their second Fall Instructional League roster on Monday and the team is loaded with interesting prospects, including 15 players from the Dominican Summer League. The roster has seven of the DSL Ten Prospects to Watch and an eighth(Luis Escobar) is at Pirate City, but not playing due to a late season appendectomy. The two players from that list that...
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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Atlanta Braves – Game 157

Down to two games baybay!!!!!!!!!!!! The original two piece bikini! 2 Live Crew! Grab yo glocks when ya see 2pac! And for all you pissed off iTunes users we got U2!!!!!! HOLA! And since it was so popular here is every Pirate that has ever worn the number 2! Brandon Inge Marlon Byrd Nate McLouth Brock Holt Brandon Wood Bobby Crosby Jack Wilson Pat Meares Kevin Polcovich...
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Morning Report: Pirates Haven’t Had Much Success in Australia Yet

Back in 2011, I took a look at all the amateur free agent players signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of Australia. In the article, which can be read here, I said that it didn’t look like the Pirates signed any top prospects yet out of Australia, but the players seemed to be getting better each year. That stayed true the next year when the Pirates signed shortstop Sam Kennelly...
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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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Boston Red Sox: Pirates Sweep Red Sox With 3-2 Win

Gerrit Cole pitched a solid game and the Pirates scored just enough runs off Brandon Workman to win 3-2 and sweep the three game series in the thick of a playoff race. 
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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’...
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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Boston Red Sox – Game 152

The Pirates look like a team that could win it all right now.  It’s the Red Sox though.  The Red Sox are terrible.  I do think the Pirates are definitely playing great ball, don’t get me wrong, I just want to see them do it against the Brewers before I get too excited……again. You can’t complain about this though.  We harp quite often about having to beat the teams that...
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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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Cole-fueled Pirates win over Cubs

The Pirates opened their final homestand of regular season Friday night, beating the Chicago Cubs, 7-3, at PNC Park as a distinct September chill filled the air. They punched out runs in six different innings and held back the Cubs as Gerrit Cole earned his ninth win this season. Cole finished at 103 pitches over six innings, giving up three earned runs and five hits. He walked...
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Pirates’ Offense Continues to Lead the Way

The Pirates weren’t crushing the ball in tonight’s game against the Cubs. Despite opposing starter Tsuyoshi Wada leaving his high 80s fastball over the plate several times, the Pirates didn’t bash numerous extra base hits. Yet, with a single here, a blooper there, and a few extra base hits mixed in, the Pirates put seven runs and 14 hits on the board, winning the game 7-3...
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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...
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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...
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Cubs learning what they have on mound

How much starting pitching do the Cubs actually need as they look to the offseason? How much do they have? How much of it’s any good? How much of it’s coming back? The Cubs aren’t sure. The series this weekend against the heating-up Pirates should help us learn more about what the Cubs have and what young playoff pitchers look like. That starts with the Pirates’ hard-throwing...
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Pirates pound 19 hits to complete sweep, take over 2nd in wild-card race

Everyone figured Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole was going to hit a home run sooner or later. “I've been waiting on it,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “It was inevitable,” agreed second baseman Neil Walker. On a breezy Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field, the Pirates banged out 19 hits, including four that soared over the left-field wall. One of them was a two-run shot by Cole...
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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...
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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...
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Game 139: Cardinals 1 Pirates 0

In the immediate aftermath of this loss, my first reaction was to compare it with Game 4 of last year’s NLDS. That game, too, was a pitcher’s duel that the Pirates lost to the Cardinals though maybe the Pirates had more chances to win today. Sort of similar to today’s game, that game didn’t quite spell an end to the 2013 Pirates’ season, but it certainly marked a missed...
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Morning Report: A New Focus For the 2014 Draft Picks

Yesterday we focused on the excellent control shown by all 14 college pitchers that the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted. On the offensive side, it looks like they focused on some hitters that could take walks. Jamestown had four batters in the top 21 in the league in walks, while the only college hitter from the 2014 draft on Bristol(Jerrick Suiter) finished second in the league in walks...
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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...
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Game 137: Cardinals 5 Pirates 4

After Gerrit Cole allowed a single to Pete Kozma with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Greg Brown and John Wehner wondered aloud if it was odd that there was no one up in the Pirate bullpen. Cole had only thrown 85 pitches to that point and hadn’t encountered much resistance from the Cardinals since their two-run third inning until Kozma’s single, but the two of them...
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Pirates recall Cole to start Monday

ST. LOUIS (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole from rookie-level Bristol to start Monday's game against St. Louis. Right-handed relief pitcher Stolmy Pimentel has returned from rehab with Double-A Altoona and has been activated from the 15-day disabled list. Catcher Tony Sanchez was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis. Sanchez hit .235 with 17...
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Pirates Injury Update: Stolmy Pimentel activated

The Pittsburgh Pirates begin a series against the St. Louis Cardinals today with a record of 71-65, two games behind the Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central. The Pirates are geared to make a push at the division title during this final month of the season, as Gerrit Cole will start today and Stolmy Pimentel has been activated from the disabled list....
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