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Game 114: Pirates 7 Marlins 2

As much as I want Andrew McCutchen back in the lineup as soon as possible, seeing the Pirates’ secondary players combine together for easy wins and a lot of runs in two straight games is a really nice feeling of validation that the Pirates are a more complete organization and not just a team that’s […]

Miracle Lane

Another short-handed night

So long as the Pirates are going to insist on playing with a severely short-handed 23-man roster, all I’m going to be able to say is, “They have to find a way to win some of these games.” They really should already have two wins in this series, and that first loss will really be […]

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Game 113: Pirates 7 Marlins 3

I don’t really know exactly how long Andrew McCutchen will be out or how his absence is going to play out in the 2014 National League playoff race, but I do know that one sign that the Pirates have come a lot further in the last few years than most of us would like to […]

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I think I’m just going to go to a movie tonight, instead

Look, here’s the deal: the Pirates have a baseball game tonight. Their best player is not playing. Another player, who is somewhere between their second and fourth best player (depending on your opinion of Russell Martin and Josh Harrison) is also not playing. Even though neither player is available in any way today, neither player […]

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A few thoughts on Andrew McCutchen and a Gerrit Cole update

Now that we’re onto Day Four of the Andrew McCutchen Injury Crisis, I’ve moved back into pessimism after yesterday’s optimism that the injury wasn’t an oblique problem. The main source of it is this Mike Petriello FanGraphs piece, which is ostensibly about how badly McCutchen’s injury screws the Pirates down the stretch, but also which […]

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Game 112: Marlins 6 Pirates 3

I suppose I have to say something about this game, right? If the Pirates are going to win many games with Andrew McCutchen on the shelf, everyone else on the club is going to have to be at their best. In the eighth inning tonight, Josh Harrison booted an inning ending double play, Justin Wilson […]

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Into the McCutchenless void

For the first time since his callup in 2009, the Pirates are going to be without Andrew McCutchen for some unknown amount of time. If the Pirates are trying to keep him off of the disabled list but haven’t ruled it out yet, I’d assume we’re looking at something in ballpark of a week to […]

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Interference and other things

I don’t have a lot to say about how yesterday’s game ended. I think it’s unfathomable that the play that the game ended on wasn’t called runner interference. The rule as written prevents the runner from “intentionally” interfering with the double play turn, but given that intent is impossible to determine, you’ll almost always see […]

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Brace yourselves

Late in last night’s game, Ernesto Frieri hit Paul Goldschmidt on the hands with a fastball. Given Frieri’s struggles this year, his inability to get the ball down last night, and the general game situation at the time (it was the ninth inning, so just as the Pirates were cresting after their comeback), it’s really […]

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