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Raise the Jolly Roger! 9 hours ago

Pirates 4, Brewers 2

All hail Russell Martin: Your browser does not support iframes. Yeah, we know. Give him all of the money. ALL OF IT. Let’s save that offseason topic for the offseason, though, and enjoy what was easily one of the greatest moments in PNC Park history. If you narrow that down to exclude the two home playoff […]

Game 153: Pirates 4 Brewers 2

There are certain moments in life in which sports can deliver a jolt of such pure and unadulterated joy that they are capable of drowning out all of the day to day bullshit of life and the world around us. They can overwhelm the countless hours in which sports can be frustrating, boring, depressing, or […]

This is it (no, really this time)

On August 20th, the Pirates were 64-62. They had lost seven in a row and dropped like a rock in the NL Central and NL wild card races. They were seven games behind the Brewers in the Central and 2 1/2 behind the Giants for the second wild card, though they were in fourth place […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Sep 19, 2014

Pirates 3, Red Sox 2

The celebration of the 82nd win was just a little different this year. Instead of relief from the players, satisfaction from those within the organization, and pure joy from the fans, it was just another win.  It happened on the road, but if the 82nd win had been at home last year, the scene at […]

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 […]

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 […]

Francisco Liriano looks to keep rolling against Red Sox

I have, at various points this year, come up with a number of potential explanations as to why Francisco Liriano hasn’t been quite as good in 2013 as he was in 2014. In the early part of the season, I thought that maybe it was because he was throwing his changeup a bit too regularly. […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Sep 17, 2014

Pirates 4, Red Sox 0

It was another “taking care of business” night at PNC as the Pirates opened up their penultimate home series with a shoutout win over the last place/defending champion Boston Red Sox. Russell Martin and Starling Marte homered to supply most of the offense, and Charlie Morton put five zeroes on the board – a pleasant surprise […]

Game 150: Pirates 4 Red Sox 0

It’s hard to imagine this game going more perfectly for the Pirates. Charlie Morton looked about as solid as he’s looked all year with the Pirates, throwing five shutout innings, striking out six Red Sox, walking two, and scattering four hits. Of the non-strikeout outs that he recorded, six were ground balls and only one […]

The final push begins now

There are no off-days between now and the end of the 2014 season for the Pirates. There are 13 games to be played in the next 13 days, and then it’s over. The Pirates begin this final stretch 1 1/2 games up on the Brewers for the second wild card and 3 1/2 behind the […]
Over the Monster Sep 16, 2014

Red Sox vs. Pirates: The interleague scourge persists

Pitchers hitting in September? What kind of terrible world do we live in?! The Red Sox will play National League baseball yet again Tuesday night as they send Anthony Ranaudo to the mound against the Pittsburgh Pirates, who hold a slim lead over the Milwaukee Brewers for the the second NL Wild Card spot. Today's Lineups BOSTON RED SOX PITTSBURGH PIRATES Mookie Betts - 2B Josh Harrison - 3B Xander Bogaerts - SS Travis Snider - RF Daniel Nava - RF Andrew McCutchen - CF Yoenis Cespedes - LF Neil Walker - 2B Mike Napoli - 1B Russell Martin - C Will Middlebrooks -...

Charlie Morton and the rotation

I have to admit, I was a little surprised over the weekend when the Pirates announced Charlie Morton would be making a start against the Boston Red Sox tonight. Morton’s whole season has been up-and-down as he’s dealt with his sports hernia, but he was in the midst of a really bad stretch before said […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Sep 15, 2014

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 […]

Two weeks to go

It is amazing how different baseball can feel from Monday to Monday. Two Mondays ago, the Pirates were 71-65, two games out of first place and two games out of the second wild card (the Brewers are Cardinals were tied) and facing a week against the Cubs and Cardinals. The Pirates had a strange week […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Sep 14, 2014

Pirates 7, Cubs 3

I don’t usually like to say that one play is enough to totally change the momentum in a game, or that something on defense can lead to sudden bursts of offense….but I also don’t usually see triple plays. Behold: Your browser does not support iframes. Before that happened, this game was a total mess for the Pirates. […]

Sunday morning: bullpen usage, Charlie Morton, rotations, and winning the series

Before we get into today’s preview game, let’s take a minute and talk about last night’s loss. It is, of course, true that the Pirates can’t win every game between now and the end of the season. Coming into this nine-game homestand, taking six of the nine games was going to be a good result for […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Sep 13, 2014

Pirates 7, Cubs 3

The final homestand of the season started off as well as you could have hoped, as the Pirates took care of the Cubs in a game that had a “taking care of business” type feel to it. It was a strong crowd, which you’d expect despite a gloomy day / chilly night and HS football […]

The last homestand

Take a deep breath. It’s September 12th, and the Pirates have nine scheduled games left at PNC Park in 2014. They are 1 1/2 games up in the wild card race on the Brewers, and the last three of these nine games will be against the Brewers. They’re only 2 1/2 back of the Cardinals, […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Sep 12, 2014

Pirates 4, Phillies 1

When the Pirates left St Louis after getting swept, things were looking bleak. It looked like their divisional hopes were toast and it seemed possible that the three devastating losses could help knock them back in the wild card race. But, the one thing that you could look at optimistically was the upcoming schedule, and the […]

Game 146: Pirates 4 Phillies 1

What a difference a week makes, huh? With tonight’s win, the Pirates have won six of seven, they maintain their 1 1/2 game lead on the Brewers in the NL’s second wild card race, and they pull themselves within 2 1/2 of the Cardinals in the NL Central, which is officially “striking distance” with 16 […]

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