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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...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
14 minutes ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Holdout Sports
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Giants 8, Pirates 0

Well…that happened. The Pirates’ season is over and it couldn’t have ended with a bigger thud. Obviously this game showed the importance of winning the division, to avoid the possibility of ending the season with one bad night. This was a really bad night for the Pirates – downright disastrous, in fact. Those nights happen. You hate to just say that after such a disappointing...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

NL Wild Card Game: Giants 8 Pirates 0

Let’s start with this: From when I got down to Pittsburgh around 5 PM until the first pitch was amazing. There were a handful of moments from 2001-2007 at PNC Park where I’d look at my dad or my friend or whoever I was at the game with and say, “THIS! This is it! This is what PNC Park would be like if the Pirates were good!” but I never had any sort of reality to tie that...
Via WHYGAVS?
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: No One to Blame For Pirates’ Wild Card Game Loss

Heading into the Wild Card game, there was a lot of debate about whether the Pittsburgh Pirates should have held Gerrit Cole back on Sunday, yielded the division to the St. Louis Cardinals, and saved Cole for the Giants. Cole ended up dominating, but the Pirates lost. Things didn’t go well tonight for Edinson Volquez tonight, and anyone saying Cole should have been the starter...
Via Pirates Prospects
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The Single Good Moment From Tonight’s Wild Card Game Loss

There weren’t many good moments in tonight’s 8-0 Wild Card Game loss by the Pittsburgh Pirates. In fact, you could argue that after the pre-game excitement, there was only one good moment. That came in the ninth inning, during Russell Martin’s final at-bat. The game was easily decided by this point, which meant Martin was coming to the plate possibly for the last time as a...
Via Pirates Prospects
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Eliminated from Playoffs in 8-0 Loss to the Giants

For the entirety of Edinson Volquez’s career, he’s walked the tightrope, teeter-totterring between success and failure. For the majority of it, he’s fallen under the former category, a trend he broke this season. Today, he reverted back to his old self, serving up a fatal grand slam to Brandon Crawford in the 4th, as the San Francisco Giants shutout the Pirates 8-0, eliminating...
Via Pirates Prospects
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Madison Bumgarner Celebrates Complete Game vs. Pirates In Epic Fashion

Madison Bumgarner shut down the Pittsburgh Pirates during the Giants’ Wild Card game on Wednesday night. How did Bumgarner, the Giants ace, who struck out 10 in a four-hit shutout, celebrate? By chugging four beers at once that’s how. #MadBum was doing this all night, folks. http://t.co/CVG2lngSU8 — MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) October 2, 2014 [Sean […] The post Madison Bumgarner...
Via Diehardsport
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pablo Sandoval Makes Absurd Over-The-Rail Catch Against The Pirates

Safe to say all things are going the San Francisco Giants’ way during Wednesday’s Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pablo Sandoval seems quite nimble at 240 pounds. And he stuck the landing. #WildCard pic.twitter.com/hSa0qDY3lM — MLB (@MLB) October 2, 2014 [Gifdsports] The post Pablo Sandoval Makes Absurd Over-The-Rail Catch Against The Pirates appeared first on Diehardsport.
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Pirates fan somehow ended up in Giants dugout

Finding your seat at a sporting event can be tough. You have to navigate an enormous stadium through crowds of people to find the correct level, section, row and seat, and sometimes it gets a little disorienting. But one Pittsburgh Pirates fan made the whole process look a lot more difficult than it actually is. During Pittsburgh’s National League wild-card game against the San...
Via NESN.com
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

NL Wild Card: Pirates vs. Giants

Choosing who to root for tonight is basically a no-brainer for me. The most obvious reason is the fact that the Giants have won two World Series titles in the last five years, while the Pirates haven’t tasted victory in over three decades. But as I’ve noted in this space before, the Pirates boast a player from my home town of North Conway, NH (population: 2,349). Though Jeff...
Via In The Neutral Zone
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

No time to reflect for Harrison

PITTSBURGH -- Even though his role has expanded tenfold compared to last year's postseason, Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison is still taking the same approach going into tonight's NL Wild Card Game against the Giants. "I know my role this year is a little different. I'm still approaching it the same, trying to help any way I can, and continue to do what I did...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

With Martin hurting, Pirates carry 3 catchers for NL Wild Card Game

  The Pirates opted for depth at catcher while the San Francisco Giants lengthened their bullpen for Wednesday night's National League Wild Card Game. The Pirates carried only nine pitchers on the 25-man roster, adding starters Jeff Locke and Vance Worley as insurance should starter Edinson Volquez falter. Pittsburgh made Chris Stewart and Tony Sanchez active with Russell Martin...
Via AP on Fox
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

NL Wild Card Game Live Blog

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Via Fangraphs
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Clint Hurdle on the Roles for Worley and Locke, and Morel over d’Arnaud

Earlier today the Pittsburgh Pirates released their Wild Card roster. There weren’t too many surprises. When asked if he considered Francisco Liriano in a relief role, Clint Hurdle simply said “No.” He also discussed a few of the moves that rounded out the roster. The Roles For Vance Worley and Jeff Locke Last year the Pirates went with Francisco Liriano as their starter, although...
Via Pirates Prospects
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Announce Lineup For Wild Card Game

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced their lineup for the Wild Card Game. 1. Josh Harrison – 3B 2. Jordy Mercer – SS 3. Andrew McCutchen – CF 4. Russell Martin – C 5. Starling Marte – LF 6. Neil Walker – 2B 7. Gaby Sanchez – 1B 8. Travis Snider – RF 9. Edinson Volquez No big surprises here. With the lefty, Madison Bumgarner on the mound, the Pirates are loading up...
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18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Russell Martin in Pirates lineup for Wild Card game

Getty Images The Pittsburgh Pirates will have catcher Russell Martin in the lineup for tonight’s National League Wild Card game against the San Francisco Giants There was some concern whether or not Martin would be able to play in tonight’s game after he missed the final two games of the regular season with after re-aggravating a groin injury. Martin will be batting fifth against...
Via Tireball.com
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via WHYGAVS?
19 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
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates aim to put Sid Bream’s slide in the past

The 1992 NLCS ended in heartbreaking fashion for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Leading 2-0 in the bottom of the ninth of Game 7, Doug Drabek loaded the bases with none out. Stan Belinda got Ron Gant to hit into a sac fly to make it 2-1, and after a walk kept the bases loaded, Brian Hunter popped up for out number two. Then, Francisco Cabrera singled to left to score David Justice and Sid...
Via The Outside Corner
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates aim to put Sid Bream’s slide in the past

The 1992 NLCS ended in heartbreaking fashion for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Leading 2-0 in the bottom of the ninth of Game 7, Doug Drabek loaded the bases with none out. Stan Belinda got Ron Gant to hit into a sac fly to make it 2-1, and after a walk kept the bases loaded, Brian Hunter popped up for out number two. Then, Francisco Cabrera singled to left to score David Justice and Sid...
Via Bloguin Best
20 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
20 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
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Set Their Wild Card Roster

The Pittsburgh Pirates released their Wild Card roster today, making the final decisions on who they will have available to them in tonight’s game against the San Francisco Giants. The rosters are below, and thoughts on the rosters are below that. Pitchers (9) Edinson Volquez Mark Melancon Tony Watson John Holdzkom Jeff Locke Jared Hughes Justin Wilson Vance Worley Bobby LaFromboise...
Via Pirates Prospects
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Enough about Edinson Volquez: Let’s talk about how good the Pirates are at hitting

Much of the focus in the run-up to tonight’s Wild Card Game has understandably focused on Edinson Volquez. This is understandable. The Royals started James Shield, the A’s started Jon Lester, the Giants are starting Madison Bumgarner, and the Pirates are starting Edinson Volquez. Volquez sticks out like a sore thumb in that quartet, and his presence is even more remarkable because...
Via WHYGAVS?
22 hours ago  |  Discuss
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