NLDS Game 5 Preview

by Gretch326 | Oct 08, 2013 - 3:15 PM
Game Five. Do or die.

The Pirateís rookie Gerrit Cole will take on the Cardinalís Adam Wainwright. Wainwright pitched Game One of the NLDS against AJ Burnett and won 9-1. Gerrit Cole pitched Game Two of the NLDS and led the Pirates to a 7-1 victory. Wednesdayís game pits the future Pirates ace against the Cardinals ace, in what should be the best pitching matchup this series. The NLDS winner will go on to face the Dodgers.

Eliminate the Cardinals or be eliminated #DeckTheCards

Wainwright vs. Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates Career statistics vs. Adam Wainwright
Pedro Alvarez-L 19 4 1 0 1 6 2 7 0.211 0.286 0.421 0.707
Clint Barmes-R
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NLDS Game 4: Cardinals at Pirates

by Gretch326 | Oct 07, 2013 - 10:52 AM
Today the Pirates have the chance to clinch the NLDS against the Cardinals. On the mound itís a battle of righties: Charlie Morton against rookie Michael Wacha. Does #GroundChuck #ElectricStuff have what it takes to clinch, or will the rookie prevail? Lets break it down.

Ground Chuck vs. Rookie

St. Louis Cardinals Career statistics vs. Charlie Morton
Matt Adams-L 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Carlos Beltran-S 15 6 1 0 0 4 5
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Reds vs Pirates: WC Game Preview

by Gretch326 | Sep 30, 2013 - 12:27 PM
Itís the first playoff baseball game EVER at PNC Park. The first playoff game since 1992. The Pirates are calling for a blackout at PNC Park. After their 2 wins against Cincinnati this weekend and clinching a home playoff game, ticket prices tripled overnight. The postseason logo was painted on the field at the ball park. The city of Pittsburgh has Bucco Fever.
Tuesday at 8:07pm Johnny Cueto and the Reds will come to town to face Francisco Liriano and our Pirates. Itís a pitching battle of Dominican vs Dominican.
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The Steelers Are Just That Bad

by BnGBlitz | Sep 30, 2013 - 8:44 AM
If you are like me and never miss a snap of Steelers football, then you know. The only way you DON'T know is if you are somehow blind to the fact that the product being put on the field that resembles the Pittsburgh Steelers is (to put it mildly) bad. Not just "Oh well, we will get them next week bad...", I'm talking "How in the world are we even going to win 4 games this season?!" bad. Yeah...the Steelers are that bad this year. Is it a shocker? To me, yes it is, but not a complete blindside hit. I predicted big things for this team...after all, they have a top tier QB, a solid defense, and some youth being infused into a lineup that has big game experience. That typically lends itself to at least SOME success. However, when the QB can barely count to 2 before nearly having his head taken off, the defense lacks any playmaking ability, and the youth that is infused just isn't enough to turn the tide...what does that give you? An 0-4 record...thats what.

The Steelers are a team that prides itself on a few things, and one of those things is defense. Lets be honest, even though the Steelers have had mediocre offenses in the past, the calling card of the black n' gold has always been the defense. Huge timely plays, not letting the opposing runners even breath, and a relentless pressure on the QB that forced turnovers. Boy, those were the days weren't they? Now we have the pleasure of watching a defense that not only gives up valuable yards on the ground up the gut, gives up valuable yards in the passing game, but hasn't created ONE turnover in the first 4 games of the season. Not ONE! The defense can't even put pressure on the QB and don't think for a second that the inability to get "home" isn't playing a huge role in the failures the defense is experiencing. When your best defender, Troy Polamalu, is playing the line of scrimmage on nearly every down, a team would be silly not to take advantage of that down the middle of the field. The defense simply isn't doing their job to help the Steelers win games.

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Itís Time To Fire Kevin Colbert

by buckeyehoppy | Sep 30, 2013 - 3:35 AM
The Pittsburgh Steelers, who have been a rock-solid example of organizational calm amid the turbulent sea known as the NFL ever since the NFL/AFL merger in 1970, are currently in a tailspin they haven’t seen in the past 45 years: an 0-4 start to their season.

When this last happened in 1968, the Steelers went on to finish 2-11-1 and it cost then-Head Coach Bill Austin his job after three years at the helm of the Black and Gold. Chuck Noll would be hired to coach the team for the 1969 season. The rest, after a bumpy first three years, is the history of the most successful NFL franchise in the post-merger/Super Bowl era.

As the 2013 season approached, cautious optimism was rampant among the Steeler faithful particularly after the team went to defeat in five of their final seven games in the 2012 season.

Yet the Steelers, in the calendar year 2013, have failed to win a single football game (pre-season included for point of emphasis) and many of the fears of Steelers fans everywhere are not only being realized but are being magnified by the revisiting of many of the problems that plagued the team at the end of the previous season.

Much of this has to do not with a single factor, but with a pattern of malfeasance that can be attributed to one man in the Steelers organization: General Manager Kevin Colbert. Let’s examine a few facts about the notorious man in charge of keeping the Pittsburgh Steelers at even keel in the maelstrom known as the NFL:

1) Kevin Colbert is a disaster when it comes to talent evaluation.

Since the departure of Head Coach Bill Cowher in 2006, the evaluation of talent and the procurement of players via the draft has been solely entrusted to the hands of Colbert. And things looked up in the 2007 Draft, as the Steelers would select two players (Lawrence Timmons and Lamarr Woodley) who would help to solidify the middle of the defense to this day.

Yet, the rest of this draft and the entirety of the 2008 and 2009 Drafts have proven to be, or will soon prove to be, complete organizational failures and will yield not a single starting player on either side of the ball. And, if you are the pessimistic type, the draft record since 2009 isn’t a whole lot rosier.

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