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September 19, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Eight-two all over again … only a lot different

SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates have reached 82 wins in a season twice since 1992, and those campaigns have, of course, come in back to back years (Or since I arrived on the shores of the Allegheny. Yes, I’ll take …

September 17, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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The Morton dilemma and a future ace and first baseman?

PNC PARK – Charlie Morton is making things interesting. Morton has said he’s not going to be 100 percent if he pitches through his sports hernia. It’s going to at least need offseason rest and, perhaps, surgery. But he said …

September 16, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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When the hitting coach matters

LEBO – We don’t see the hitting coach. He doesn’t make mound visits. He doesn’t hold press conference. While the bullpens are visible to the public before games, where pitching coaches are often watching over pitcher’s shoulders, batting cages are …

September 15, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Let’s get ahead of ourselves

LEBO – The Pirates have a 67.7 percent of making the postseason, according to Baseball Prospectus. There’s a better than even chance the Pirates will be playing meaningful baseball in October whether it’s in a wild card game or as division champs. …

September 12, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Frankkkkkkkkkkkkie is back and his slider never left

SOMEWHERE OFF THE PA TURNPIKE – For the Pirates, for any team, to advance into October and then be competitive in the postseason they require top-of-the-rotation pitchers to pitch like elite arms. Well, Francisco Liriano is getting back to being …

September 11, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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With his season likely over, what to do with Pedro?

PHILADELPHIA – Could Pedro Alvarez’s nightmare season get any worse? Short answer: yes. We know about the 23 throwing errors that forced him off third base at least temporarily, the most throwing errors since throwing errors began be tracked separately …

September 10, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Does Volquez have a point?

Edinson Volquez is one of the most easy-going major leaguers I’ve encountered in my brief two years covering the sport.

He’s often smiling, joking, signing sometimes even dancing as he was prior to Monday’s game to the beat of the clubhouse stereo. After giving up five home runs in a game in Yankee Stadium earlier this season, Volquez was still affable and engaging with reporters following the performance. He even chuckled several times during post-game interviews. Nothing seemed to bother him.

September 8, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Separation Week?

SOUTH HILLS – You can’t predict ball. And you certainly can’t predict this Pirates’ season. From Josh Harrison going from 25th man to All-Star, from the Pirates’ pitching and defense transforming from strengths in 2013 to liabilities this season, and  from …

September 3, 2014
by Travis Sawchik


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Jeff Locke is reverting back to All-Star form (and that means trouble)

SOUTH HILLS – On Aug. 22nd in Milwaukee, Jeff Locke walked six batters in six innings. He did not strike out a single batter. So Milwaukee batters either walked or put the ball in play and miraculously scored only two runs in six innings against Locke.

Afterward Locke said this: “It was a lot like last year’s first half. There were so many games we had four-plus walks, two or three hits.”

 
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