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  1. Pirates must rely on big reinforcements

    Christina Kahrl

    This is a big week for the Pittsburgh Pirates, perhaps even a defining week. Monday night's loss to the Atlanta Braves was their sixth straight. They're now two games back in the wild-card standings, with the Braves between them and the Cardinals and...

    Blog | August 19, 2014
  2. Pirates fans should get to say 'I like Ike'

    Christina Kahrl

    One of the things a few folks -- not just long-suffering Mets fans -- were wondering was whether Ike Davis was going to be able to build on last season's big second half. After going down for a month to help him address things like an epically awful ...

    Blog | April 19, 2014
  3. Reds' Leake, Frazier have big parts to play

    Christina Kahrl

    When you look at the Reds and Pirates, it's easy to get caught up in the big stars: Andrew McCutchen and Joey Votto, both National League MVPs, both leading candidates for the face of the game, both of them engines to power the possible in two NL Cen...

    Blog | April 16, 2014
  4. When losing Jameson Taillon hurts worst

    Christina Kahrl

    Top prospect Jameson Taillon is going to miss the season with Tommy John surgery? If you wanted to see the latest Pirates prodigy pumping mid-90s gas and big-breaking benders in the big leagues, you're going to have to wait another season. Consid...

    Blog | April 06, 2014
  5. Who can't top what they did in 2013?

    Christina Kahrl

    You might think sabermetrics is merely the pursuit of joyless predictability, but a big part of my enjoyment of sabermetrics doesn't come from the results that match our expectations but rather is derived from the guys who totally upset them, guys wh...

    Blog | December 28, 2013
  6. Chess match: Pirates versus Cardinals

    Christina Kahrl

    Baseball managers are never more scrutinized than they are right now. From the roster selections they help make -- selecting what options they want to have on hand -- to the way they use those players to the best advantage, the short series of the po...

    Blog | October 03, 2013
  7. Gerrit Cole adapting fast towards acedom

    Christina Kahrl

    CHICAGO -- The Pirates are getting to deal with many of the nice if unfamiliar problems associated with heading to the postseason. Like, who's going to be on the roster? Or, who's going to start which game? And even after manager Clint Hurdle tabbed ...

    Blog | September 29, 2013
  8. Bucs, Reds sort stuff out before showdown

    Christina Kahrl

    You might expect that the easy focus during baseball's penultimate regular-season weekend is on guessing who's going to make it into October. Not so much in the National League, though, where the playoff slate has been essentially settled for weeks. ...

    Blog | September 22, 2013
  9. Wainwright, Freese deliver big answers

    Christina Kahrl

    In September, five months into the long season, you don't want to be asking questions. You want to know what you've got and what you'll get from your players. But going into this weekend's series against the Pirates, the Cardinals had a pretty big qu...

    Blog | September 07, 2013
  10. Pirates first to 50, but they're no fluke

    Christina Kahrl

    First team to 50 wins, the Pittsburgh Pirates? For reals? Legit? By getting there behind Francisco Liriano's start, a deep pen's collective hold and save, and the homers hit by Pedro Alvarez and Garrett Jones, today's Pirates might have done ...

    Blog | June 30, 2013
  11. Oscar gambles: Baseball movies to do

    Christina Kahrl

    It's Oscar night, and I'm sure some significant portion of all y'all will watch them. It might be just be me, but every year it seems like I'm disappointed that there aren't more baseball movies being made, let alone Oscar-worthy baseball movies. A c...

    Blog | February 24, 2013
  12. Need to add O, how about a platoon?

    Christina Kahrl

    It's easy to say spring training means nothing, that clubs know their rosters, and action from the Cactus or Grapefruit Leagues is just a time-filling cash cow that's about three weeks too long. But there are elective decisions to be made, and as muc...

    Blog | February 24, 2013
  13. Pirates' nice pick-4 in Joel Hanrahan trade

    Christina Kahrl

    The Pirates' side of the Joel Hanrahan trade is a fairly classic pump-and-dump gambit when it comes to talent management: Acquired with Lastings Milledge from the Nationals in 2009 for Sean Burnett and Nyjer Morgan, Hanrahan became the top commodity ...

    Blog | December 26, 2012
  14. MLB - Winter Forecast for teams in National League Central

    Christina Kahrl

    Assessing what lies ahead this offseason for the Reds, Cardinals, Brewers, Pirates and Cubs.

    Story | Conversation | November 07, 2012
  15. Leyland uses every bullet, not just best

    Christina Kahrl

    DETROIT -- Where the Tigers are concerned, it's easy to lose yourself in the statistical feats of their star sluggers: Miguel Cabrera's Triple Crown, of course, but also Prince Fielder notching his sixth consecutive 30-homer season and Austin Jackson...

    Blog | October 18, 2012
  16. An inning-muncher's Marquis event

    Christina Kahrl

    One of the reliably entertaining things about baseball is that pitchers you think are done -- because they must be done, must have absolutely nothing left in the tank whatsoever -- surprise you, because they don't really agree with what you or I thin...

    Blog | August 12, 2012