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McCutchen, Martin, Alvarez and Byrd are putting up a combined .389/.476/.741 line thusfar this postseason.

The pitching staff outside of Burnett has a 1.13 ERA and 0.79 WHIP in 24 IP.

This, I think we all can agree, is not what I expected from Our First Meaningful October Baseball In Quite Some Time.

We most certainly are NOT "just happy to be here."

1 year, 6 months ago on NLDS Game 3: Pirates 5 Cardinals 3


just for the record, marte's HR was top 9, and also the pitch f/x shows that grilli got squeezed on both ball 3 and 4 to navarro.

1 year, 7 months ago on Game 157: Pirates 2 Cubs 1


This sir.

These epic narratives of yours are why I respect the hell out of you as a writer and fellow fan of not just the Pirates but the game as a whole.

Now maybe you can be less of a grumpy bugger going forward.

1 year, 7 months ago on 82 wins


    that video of pedro's 3 run home run at the end shows what was wrong with his old swing.  He sits back on his back leg to load, yay. and he does that miniscule toe tap for timing, but he never shifts his weight forward onto his front leg - he just sits down into that "back leg weighted" stance and rotates his hips/arms. that HR is alllllll upper body -  while his momentum is falling back towards the catcher, at that

3 years, 1 month ago on A Simple, Non-Batting Coach Analysis of Pittsburgh Pirates Slugger Pedro Alvarez


In Pat's own words...

"People love to argue that the "human element" is part of baseball, but why does that include umpiring? Plenty of players drop pop-ups, throw to the wrong base, run through stop signs and get thrown out, forget to tag up, drop throws, or do any of the million little things that humans do that cost teams games (trust me, I've seen 'em all as a Pirate fan) without involving the umpires. The players are the human element. If you were wrongly accused of a crime and sentenced to prison because the jury misread misleading evidence, would that be OK because it involved the human element? The umpires are separate from the games, trying their hardest to make sure that the game can be decided by the human element on the field and not the human element in navy blue slacks standing next to it. We have the technology to help them do that. Isn't it time we started?"

3 years, 9 months ago on Game 101: Umpires 1 Braves 3 Pirates 3 | July 2011