Pirates Podcast – Bucco Beat – September 9, 2012

Wow, this certainly isn’t the way we thought this home stand would go against the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs.  Entering this weekend at PNC Park, the Pirates were very much in the discussion for the final Wild Card spot in the National League, along with the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers.  But after this weekend, it seems as though the Bucs’ chances for any type of playoff berth are on life support.

The Pirates were swept by the Cubs this weekend, including this afternoon’s 4-2 loss.  After a horrible month of August, the Bucs’ struggles appear to be continuing thus far in September, and they may not only be playing themselves out of the playoff race, but also putting their chances of a .500 season in jeapardy.

On today’s episode of Bucco Beat, the FFTS guys discuss t...

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Cubs vs. Pirates – Series Preview

It’s incredible how the perception of a baseball team can change in a matter of only a few days. After their Labor Day loss to the Houston Astros on Monday, the Pirates had dropped four straight games and had also lost some ground in the N.L. Wild Card picture. Many began to write them off in terms of any type of playoff contention, and were merely “hoping” for a winning season. Now, flash forward a few days, and the Pirates are right back in the middle of the race, having won two straight against the Astros, aided with a loss by the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Pirates are a game and a half out of the final playoff spot, and with a conceivably favorable schedule remaining, many fans have decided to be optimistic once again about the Bucs’ chances down the stretch.

Andrew McCutchen ...

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Pirates Roll Past Astros

The past two nights have shown what a good team needs to do against a bad one.  The Pittsburgh Pirates jumped out to early leads, played solid defense, and received very good pitching performances.  Tonights 6-3 win over the Houston Astros, also put the Buccos only a game out of that last wild-card spot in the National League.

Kevin Correia was at his best tonight, clinching win number ten on the year, and hitting that double digit win mark for the fourth straight year, which is pretty good for a guy that seems to get the most ribbing from media and fans.  He would go six innings allowing one run on four hits while striking out and walking one batter.

Jared Hughes followed that up with two solid innings.  He would allow two hits, while striking out two batters.  Jason Grilli had a bit...

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Rodriguez, McCutchen Lead Pirates To 6-2 Win Over Astros

Yesterday, the Pirates kicked off a six game home stand by losing to the Houston Astros, 5-1, in a game that made the Bucs look like the team that was well on their way to 100+ losses.  Tonight at a rainy PNC Park, though, the Astros returned to form as baseball’s worst team, while the Pirates snapped their four game losing streak with a 6-2 victory in the second game of the series.

The Pirates took the lead in the first inning and never looked back.  Andrew McCutchen and Brock Holt combined to go 8-9 on the night.  Cutch’s 4-4 performance included a double, three singles, and three RBI’s.  Holt also had four hits and two runs scored.  Garrett Jones added a hit and an RBI, while the rest of the Bucs’ lineup didn’t tally a single hit, only benefiting from two very costly errors b...

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Astros vs. Pirates – Series Preview

The best part of this past weekend in the world of Pirates’ baseball is that we don’t have to watch them play against the Milwaukee Brewers in Miller Park for the rest of the season.  It was another disaster for the Bucs in Milwaukee, losing three straight in games that were utterly reminiscent of years past.  The Pirates have all but waived goodbye to any inkling of a chance at the N.L. Central crown, falling now 11 games behind the Cincinnati Reds, who are now an astounding 82-53 for the season.

Fortunately for Pittsburgh, the final Wild Card spot is still well within reach after a disappointing performance by the St. Louis Cardinals this past weekend, losing three of four games to the Washington Nationals.  The Bucs are a game and a half behind the Cardinals and a half game behind...

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Pirates vs. Brewers – Series Preview

This has not been a good month for the Pittsburgh Pirates and their fans. They enter tonight, the final game of the month, with an 11-16 record in August, including series losses to the Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Milwaukee Brewers, as well as a 1-5 record in two series against the San Diego Padres. Things have not been going well for the Bucs…so how are they still in the N.L. playoff conversation with teams like the defending champion Cardinals and star-studded Dodgers?

The Pirates are a half game behind the Cardinals for the final Wild Card spot, and with the Red Birds facing the Washington Nationals this weekend, the Bucs have a shot to regain their spot in the playoff picture.

Pedro Alvarez caught fire earlier this week, continuing his onslaught against Cardinal...

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Pirates Blank Cardinals, Win Series

For the second time in a little over a week, the Pittsburgh Pirates have taken a series from the St. Louis Cardinals The 5-0 win tonight puts Pittsburgh one game behind St. Louis in the hunt for the final Wild Card spot.  Tonight’s W also marked the first win for Wandy Rodriguez as a starter in a Pirates uniform since coming over from the Houston Astros last month.

Strong pitching is what any team needs if they hope to make a run at the postseason.  For the second night in a row that is exactly what the Buccos received.  Rodriguez was solid, going six innings, while striking out three, walking three, and allowing three hits.  This was the kind of night thatPittsburghfans have been waiting for since the trade was made.

The bullpen also appears to be heading back towards their early...

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Pedro, Pirates Bowl Over Cardinals

One game does not wipe away what has been a rough month for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but it may be the lift this team is looking for.  The Buccos jumped on the St. Louis Cardinals early and often tonight in a 9-0 victory.

Starting pitching is what has carried this team through the first four months of the season and has been a part of the rough patch of August.  Tonight it looked like a well oiled machine.  It all started with James McDonald who threw seven innings, allowing two hits, while striking out six and walking one batter.  That is the kind of stat line we saw out of J-Mac before the All-Star break and one that needs to repeat it self down the stretch.

The bullpen only needed two pitchers.  Chris Resop, who gave up three hits, was able to work himself out of the jam came on in ...

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Cardinals vs. Pirates – Series Preview

[box_dark] “We’ve got to play better to win. And our guys know that,” Clint Hurdle said after yesterday’s 7-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. “Nobody knows that better than they.” [/box_dark]

Oh…the woes of a Pirates fan. Following their victory last Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, a 19-inning thriller headlined by Pedro Alvarez’s homerun and Andrew McCutchen’s two-run single, it was thought that the momentum had been built for a strong finish to the road trip which would carry over to a productive home stand. Unfortunately, things couldn’t have gone in a more opposite direction than what has transpired over the last week.

The Pirates were swept by the San Diego Padres in three games at Petco Park, and returned home this past weekend, dropping...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Game Day – August 26 Vs. Milwaukee Brewers From PNC Park

Chad and Zane were back down at PNC Park on a beautiful Sunday afternoon for the rubber match of this three game series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers.  Before the game Fans From The Stands gave their insight into what could be expected for that days contest.

Pregame Show:

After a dissapointing loss, Chad and Zane wrapped up the game and series, while looking ahead to a big series with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Post Game Show:

Fans From The Stands will be back down at the Bucco Ballyard in two weeks.  Until then be sure to check out www.fansfromthestands.com for all your Pirates news.



As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!

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