One last game against the Brewers

This is how it is: with a win today, the Pirates will have a 4 1/2 game lead on the Brewers with eight games left on the schedule. Their magic number will be three. They shouldn’t have any trouble winning three games against the Braves and Reds. If they lose, they’ll have a 2 1/2 […]

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Finish them

There is blissfully little to be said about this Pirates/Brewers game tonight. The Pirates have a 4 1/2 game lead on the Brewers with nine games on the schedule (eight for the Brewers). The Pirates cannot clinch the wild card tonight and they cannot clinch it tomorrow, but just one more win in this series […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Jolly Roger

Game 151: Pirates 9 Red Sox 1

With a 9-1 win over the Boston Red Sox, the Pittsburgh Pirates won their 81st game of the 2014 season and hardly anyone thought it was a big deal. Think about this for a second. For 20 years, we as Pirate fans were obsessed with the numbers 81 and 82. In 2009, I wrote two separate long-running […]

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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. […]

Jolly Roger

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Jeff Locke faces Felix Doubront as the Pirates look to keep hot streak going

If a week ago it seemed that nobody wanted to win the National League’s second wild card, suddenly the situation looks a little bit different on the season’s third-to-last Saturday. The Pirates have been slicing through the Cubs and Phillies like a hot knife through butter with seven wins in eight games, but they only […]

PNC Park

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, […]

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