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Welcome to tonight’s edition of the biggest game of the year

I really hate dwelling on bad losses while there’s still a playoff race. I mean, the last two days have sureyl both been deflating days to be a Pirate fan and the Pirates’ situation in said pennant race is awfully precarious because of how these two games have gone, but if the Pirates close this […]

New Zealand

Pirates announce full September call-up list

When the Pirates announced that Tony Sanchez and Stolmy Pimentel would join the team on Labor Day, it was understood that there would be a number of additional call-ups in the next 24 hours after Indianapolis’s season officially ended with yesterday’s game. They announced the rest of the call-ups today and while there were two […]

sisyphos

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 […]

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OK, so now THIS is the biggest series of the year

The late afternoon yesterday was not kind to the Pirates: in Pittsburgh, Chris Heisey hit his second home run of the afternoon (and only his seventh of the year!) to help the Reds steal a 3-2 win from the Pirates. In St. Louis, the Cardinals turned a 6-4 deficit in the bottom of the eighth […]

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The Pirates really could use a sweep

This is approximately how the Pirates’ season has gone: a stretch of solid play that makes you hopeful, followed by a stretch of bad play that goes on a few days beyond the point where you think, “If they don’t start playing better here, the season will be over,” which is then immediately buoyed by […]

paper stacks

Vance Worley looks to assure Pirates of series win over Reds

The Pirates are in a funny position against the Reds this afternoon, because I think they’re clearly a better team than the Reds right now and am kind of half-hoping that they’ll sweep Cincinnati this weekend, but they’re clearly under a bit of added pressure today because Johnny Cueto is looming tomorrow afternoon. Vance Worley […]

Single handed

Game 133: Pirates 2 Reds 1

I thought that this game was going to be all about Edinson Volquez. His breaking ball looked as good tonight as it has at any point in 2014, and he had the Reds flailing like crazy at it. He took a no-hitter through six innings and into the seventh before Devin Mesoraco’s single spoiled the party. […]

time is running out

The Pirates play the Reds as the season shortens

There’s no such thing as a small series or an unimportant game from here on out. The Giants, Braves, and Pirates have all been playing good baseball lately after all having summer swoons at various points in the last month or so, and suddenly it seems like the race for the National League wild cards could be […]

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Game 133: Pirates 3 Cardinals 1

After two days of ugly bullpen work from the Pirates, this game was pretty much exactly what they needed. Ike Davis hit a looooooong home run in the bottom of the second inning to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead and Andrew McCutchen hit a sac fly in the third after the Cardinals cut the […]

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Jeff Locke looks to give the Pirates a series win over the Cardinals

If the Pirates beat the Cardinals today, they will have taken four out of six from the Cardinals and Brewers over the last six days. That’d be a pretty good result, and given the general state of the wild card race, if the Pirates can win series against contenders down the stretch, I think there’s […]

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Game 132: Pirates 5 Cardinals 2

Despite my obvious devotion to Andy Van Slyke as a kid, the iconic early 1990s Pittsburgh Pirate memory for me has always been Barry Bonds’s walkoff home run off of Lee Smith. I’m sure that almost every Pirate fan that remember 1991 remembers that home run; Bonds crushes a ball to right center and throws […]

Desperate times ...

Another day, another big game for the Pirates

In order to maintain any hope of winning anything except for the second wild card, the Pirates need at least one and probably two wins in the last two games of this series at PNC Park against the Cardinals. They certainly weren’t outplayed by the Cards last night, but a loss is a loss at […]

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Game 131: Cardinals 3 Pirates 2

I don’t know what to say about this game that hasn’t been said about one of the other million close losses the Pirates have to key divisional opponents this year: the Pirates hit John Lackey hard for most of his start tonight, but only ended up with Pedro Alvarez’s solo home run to show for […]

pressure

The series keep getting bigger

Imagine, for one second, that the Pittsburgh Pirates do manage to pull themselves together in such a fashion over the next five weeks that they make the playoffs. If they do this, the most likely outcome is that they will play the St. Louis Cardinals in the one-game playoff. So where do you, a Pittsburgh […]

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Catching up on Monday: Sunday’s loss and Polanco’s demotion

I was set to put up a quick summary of yesterday’s game and where the Pirates are in their playoff quest when I came into lab this morning, only to find out that the Pirates had demoted Gregory Polanco to make room for Clint Barmes. So let’s start there, obviously. I see a lot of […]

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