Pittsburgh Pirates Wild Card Playoff Roster

By Andy Burdick

Pittsburgh Pirates Cincinnati Reds NL Wild CardThe Pittsburgh Pirates have to file their 25 man Wild Card playoff roster with the league office tomorrow morning before their one game playoff against the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Wild Card game.  The rosters that are submitted are set specifically for the one game playoff, which means that some clever roster maneuvering by manager Clint Hurdle can take place in order to help set up the Pirates for success.

Hurdle has stated that he will only carry two starting pitchers tomorrow: Francisco Liriano will start the game while Gerrit Cole is there in case of emergency (i.e. short start by Liriano, extra innings, or in case of fire).  There will be seven relief pitchers, which you can assume will be the same seven guys that have been coming out of the ‘pen all season: Continue reading

Front Office Success Leads to Wild Card in Pittsburgh.

By Andy Burdick

The Pittsburgh Pirates will host the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park on Tuesday.  It will be the first time that Pittsburgh has visited the postseason since 1992 and the infamous National League Championship Series with the Braves.

One of the biggest components of Pittsburgh’s success over the past few seasons has been a savvy front office that hasn’t been shy in making moves that it feels are best for the organization in the long term.  They have emphasized rebuilding a farm system that was left barren after the tenures of Cam Bonifay and Dave Littlefield.   Continue reading

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #30: 2013 Wild Card Spectacular

It’s time for the playoff push at Tri-State of Mind Baseball. Join Andy and Jason this week as they get you ready for the 2013 Wild Card round as they discuss playoff rotations, roster construction and possible playoff scenarios. They guys also dive into their respective bullpen situations giving their opinions on Jason Grilli, Chris Perez the Carlos Gomez kerfuffle. Finally Dr. Garrett stops by and discusses how any lingering injuries will impact the hunt for October.

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #29: Awesome Ubaldo and Alliteration

On this week’s episode Jason and Andy discuss Chris Davis’ continued slide into obscurity after he hits his 50th home run of the season. Andy talks about Jordy Mercer’s quietly productive year, the best night of Gerrit Cole’s career, and Pedro Alvarez’s best defensive play of the year. Jason discusses Justin Masterson’s chances at pitching again this year, Ubaldo Jimenez’s return to dominance and the Tribe’s final push for the playoffs.

Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher Wandy Rodriguez and his Nagging Forearm Injury

By Andy Burdick

34 year old Pittsburgh Pirates lefty Wandy Rodriguez has been officially shut down for the remainder of the 2013 season because of the continuing pain in his throwing forearm.  Rodriguez threw 67 pitches in a simulated game Thursday. The Pittsburgh Pirates released a statement earlier today:

The Pittsburgh Pirates have decided to shut down Wandy Rodriguez due to continuing pain and discomfort in his left forearm. Wandy has worked diligently to return to action but despite all Wandy’s and our medical staffs’ work and efforts, he has not been able to return to pitch without pain. We have decided that it is in Wandy’s best interests and the Pirates’ best interests to allow more time for the injury to the flexor tendon in his left forearm to heal and to shift our focus from a return in 2013 to having Wandy ready for Opening Day 2014. Continue reading

Recent Pitching in Pittsburgh

By Andy Burdick

Pittsburgh Pirates LogoA lot of people have been asking what’s going on with the Pittsburgh Pirates lately.  I have talked to several fans over the last few days who are frustrated that the Pirates aren’t winning more games.  ‘The Pirates even went out and traded for Marlon Byrd and Justin Morneau!’ they say. Continue reading

On Winning… and Non-Losing

By Andy Burdick

The Pittsburgh Pirates secured their first winning season since 1992 with their 82nd win tonight behind the strength of a spectacular Gerrit Cole start.  Gerrit Cole just turned 23 yesterday.  Meaning he was two years old the last time the Pittsburgh Pirates experienced a winning season. Continue reading

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #28: Meme Rhymes With Bream

This week’s podcast is the most intimate and sensual episode of the year as Jason and Andy talk about all things Indians and Pirates.  Jason leads off with 80 grade analysis of the Cleveland lineup before transitioning into talk of Jason Kubel’s surprising productivity, Danny Salazar’s ever-growing pitch count and Cleveland’s cake walk to end the season.  Andy lays down a bunt single with his first ever Justin Morneau joke, discussion of two decades of losing, Great Value Khris Davis, and Liriano’s command.  The gang wraps up with talk of the SeaWolves playoff series.  It’s a howl of a good time.

 

Pittsburgh acquires Justin Morneau from Minnesota to add depth for playoff run.

By Andy Burdick

Justin Morneau Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman trade

Justin Morneau in deep thought about what life in Pittsburgh will be like.

On Saturday, August 31st, the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau for outfielder Alex Presley and a player to be named later or cash.

Like Marlon Byrd, Morneau’s impact in a limited sample size in September will be minimal at best.  Throughout the last month of the season, there will be approximately 100 plate appearances to spread around at first base.  However, like Byrd, Morneau is a definite upgrade at a position that has been a weakness for the Pirates all season long. Continue reading