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Michael Augustine

Wild Card Round Pick em: 9/30

The second set of Wild Card round teams play today, along with yesterday’s matchups. Who are you picking to win this set of series? Tell us in the discussion below and/or hop in for commentary while the games are going on:

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Michael Augustine

Would you rather?: Reds, Cardinals, Brewers, or Cubs

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Sitting and watching the rest of the division make it into the (COVID-modified) 2020 playoffs isn’t easy to do, regardless of how realistic you’ve been about the Pirates this season. Given that half of the National League teams in the playoffs come from the Central Division, the odds are favorable that one of them might make it to the World Series.

So first, which NL Central team do you believe has the best shot of making it to the WS?

Now, if you had to...

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Patricia Beninato

The Expendables, 2020 Pirates Edition

DUDE NO WE COULD ... okay, if you say so. | Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

I never expected much from the 2020 Pirates.

A combination of past DUDE THEY SUCK, current DUDE THEY SUCK and future and in general DUDE THEY SUCK WHY DON’T YOU JUST WRITE THAT OH WAIT SHE’S NOT A DUDE OKAY WELL THEY STILL SUCK had an influence on me despite myself. When it’s that bound and determined that a team be bad, it’s kind of hard to hurdle (no bad intention to Cliff with that last sentence).

Now...

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Michael Augustine

Wild Card Round Pick ‘em: 9/27

The COVID-shortened MLB season has come to a close and today is the first day of the revamped playoff system. We have the Wild Card round up first, with each game a best of three series.

Today, we’ll pick the first set of series followed by another poll tomorrow for the second group of Wild Card round teams.

Talk about your picks and/or interject on the games as they happen in the comment section!

All polls will close by first pitch times:

Thanks for voting! Return tomorrow to make...

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Robert Kelley

What did we learn from 2020 Bucs?

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Now that the bats and gloves have been put away, and a bow has been placed on the most bizarre season in baseball history, it would be an appropriate time to consider what we learned about the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2020.

They stink.

No, that would be too easy, although it’s likely the response many Pirates fans would have as Day 1 of the offseason dawns. They wouldn’t be wrong, at least if you look solely at the numbers. Worst record in baseball at...

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Patricia Beninato

Game Recap: Pirates at Indians, 9/27/20

Polanco finds the Ke. | Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

For the forty-first (and last) time in this abbreviated 2020 MLB season, the Pirates lost. This time, they were felled by the playoff-bound Indians, 8-6, at Progressive Park.

It was a meaningful game for the Tribe, because their victory means they’ll get home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs against the Yankees. In a strange way, though, it was also meaningful for the Bucs. As Derek Shelton noted during the...

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Minor MLB Transactions: 9/27/20

With the final day of the 2020 regular season underway, a number of teams made a final roster move before the action kicked off. We’ll use this post to track some of those moves… The Pirates placed catcher Jacob Stallings into the 7-day concussion protocol, the team announced.

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Patricia Beninato

Game Thread: Pirates at Indians, 9/27/20

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That was a quick two months.

Since we’ll undoubtedly be spending the next four months overanalyzing things, we’ll keep it simple for this, the last game of the oddity known as the 2020 Pirates season. Much as it started, it will end with the Bucs taking on the Indians at Progressive Field. Yes, we know the first games were exhibitions, just go with it. The last first pitch will be thrown at 3:10 p.m. and broadcast on AT&T SportsNet...

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BrettBarnett

Game Recap: Pirates at Indians, 9/26/20

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The Pittsburgh Pirates (18-40) continued their quest to avoid being the only team to fail to win 20 games this season – this time in the penultimate game of the season against the Cleveland Indians (34-24) before this strange excursion wraps up tomorrow afternoon for Pittsburgh. The Pirates called on Joe Musgrove (0-5) to assist in that pursuit, while the Indians went with Aaron Civale (4-5).

The game consisted of something we haven’t seen all that...

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BrettBarnett

Game Thread: Pirates at Indians, 9/26/20

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In the penultimate game of the season, the 18-40 Pittsburgh Pirates take on the 34-24 Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The Pirates will trot out Joe Musgrove (0-5), while the Indians start Aaron Civale (4-5). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10.

Here are tonight’s lineups:

PIRATES:

Adam Frazier, 2B Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B Colin Moran, DH Josh Bell, 1B Gregory Polanco, RF Bryan Reynolds, CF Erik Gonzalez, SS Jose Osuna, LF Jacob...

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Nathan_Hursh

Game Recap: Pirates at Indians, 9/25/20

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports Last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates fell to the Cleveland Indians by a score of 4-3.

Mitch Keller certainly had an interesting final start of his season. Over five innings pitched, he did not allow a hit. That said, he did walk eight batters and gave up one run. His ERA to end the year is 2.91. His DRA is 6.88. Keller was one of the most unlucky pitchers in 2019. This season, that luck reversed.

In the fourth inning, Gregory Polanco hit a two-run homer to give...

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Nathan_Hursh

Game Thread: Pirates at Indians, 9/25/20

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports In their final series of the season, the Pittsburgh Pirates will take on the Cleveland Indians.

Mitch Keller takes the mound tonight for the Pirates in Cleveland. This will be his fifth and final start of the year. In his previous start against the St. Louis Cardinals, Keller was spectacular pitching six no-hit innings. In that outing, he registered six strikeouts while walking two. It was the best start of his young career. Unfortunately, the Pirates...

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Nathan_Hursh

Series Preview: Pirates at Indians

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Heading into the final series of the season against the Cleveland Indians (33-24), the Pittsburgh Pirates currently hold the worst record in baseball (18-39).

That said, the Pirates have been playing good baseball as of late. They won three straight games this week against the Chicago Cubs after losing 13 of their previous 14. This weekend, they will attempt to play spoiler once again (at least in terms of seeding) as they take on the Indians.

This series...

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Patricia Beninato

Game Recap: Cubs at Pirates, 9/24/20

It was indeed three in a row! | Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images

For the optimists, this game showed a team that, if given more time, might have done some good this season.

For the pessimists, this game meant another blow against possibly obtaining the living lottery ticket known as Kumar Rocker.

Either way, Chad Kuhl took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and the Pirates battery unleashed fourteen hits, including four homers, as they shut out the Cubs 7-0 this afternoon at PNC...

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Patricia Beninato

Game Thread: Cubs at Pirates, 9/24/20

Kuhl Whip’s on the mound. | Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images

The Pirates and the Cubs meet not only for the last time this season, but for the final game at PNC Park in 2020. Chad Kuhl is on the hill for the Bucs, with the Cubbies putting up Alec Mills. The game (unlike this thread) starts at 1:35 p.m. and is broadcast by AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh.

Let’s make it three in a row, guys.

Here are your lineups, and LET’S GO BUCS!

CUBS

1. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

2. Willson Contreras, DH

3....

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Michael Augustine

Bucs edge Cubbies 2-1

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With a good ole fashioned pitchers duel, Pirates scraped out a win against the playoff-bound Chicago Cubs 2-1 tonight at PNC Park in a NL Central divisional battle; all three runs were produced in the first inning.

The Pirates opened the bottom of the first with two straight solo shots, both off of sub-90MPH sinkers, from Adam Frazier (6th) and rookie Ke’Bryan Hayes (4th) to take a 2-1 lead.
Hayes’ HR was recorded by StatCast at 107 MPH, the hardest...

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Michael Augustine

Game Thread: Cubs at Pirates, 09/23/20

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After last night’s dramatic victory in game two for Pittsburgh, game three of the four-game series between the Pirates and Cubs kicks off at 7:05 EST tonight in PNC Park. Pittsburgh will send Trevor Williams (1-8, 6.70 ERA) to counter Chicago’s Kyle Hendricks (6-4, 2.93 ERA) to try and give the Pirates a 2-1 series lead from the NL Central-leading Cubs.

The Cubs are 6-4 through their last 10 while the Pirates are 2-8.

Tonights game will be broadcast...

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Pirates prospect Oneil Cruz arrested after fatal crash in Dominican Republic

Cruz was riding in a Jeep down the highway when it came up from behind and hit a motorcycle. The outlet reports the bike, which had three people on it, didn't have lights on.

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Patricia Beninato

Oneil Cruz Facing DUI Charges After Crash Kills 3

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Pirates minor leaguer/high prospect Oneil Cruz faces a hearing this morning in his native Dominican Republic after being involved in a collision with a motorcycle early Monday morning. All three people on the bike were killed.

Per various sources, local police say that Cruz had been drinking alcohol before the crash occurred. Cruz has been in police custody since the incident.

Dominican national newspaper Diario Libre states that Cruz, 21, was driving his Jeep Cherokee...

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BrettBarnett

Game Recap: Pirates vs Cubs, 9/22/20

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The Pittsburgh Pirates (15-39) and Chicago Cubs (32-22) played Tuesday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Steven Brault (1-3) was the starting pitcher for Pittsburgh, looking to build off his stellar performance last time out, in which he threw a complete game. Jose Quintana (0-0) made his first start since being injured and was on a very short leash.

The game saw its first run in the bottom of the second inning, when Erik Gonzalez doubled in Gregory...

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