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Cubs Take Down Reds In Walk-Off Home Run

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By: Zane Miller   The Reds were defeated by the Chicago Cubs in the second game of their series in Chicago on Tuesday night, winning 4-3 in 10 innings, recovering from the Reds’ 6-3 win in the first game of the series on Monday night. The game began with the Reds scoring all three of their runs in the first inning, as third baseman Eugenio Suarez knocked in a solo home run, followed by an RBI single courtesy of center fielder Nick Senzel and shortstop Jose Peraza added an RBI double. However, the second inning would see the Cubs cut...

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A Deeper Look Into Kyle Crick's 2019 Struggles

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By: Noah Wright   During 2018, Kyle Crick was one of the Pirates best relief pitchers. He overtook the set-up role early in the season, and rolled with it. Through 60 and a third innings, the hard throwing right hander pitched to a 2.39 ERA, 3.14 FIP, and 1.127 WHIP. Crick induced many strikeouts with a 9.7 K/9, and fixed his walk issue from his debut season with the SF Giants (4.7 BB/9 to 3.4 BB/9). All while giving up just 3 long balls all year. Overall, he held opponents to a .202/.285/.274 batting line. So given his breakout 2018,...

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How The Pirates Should Approach The Trade Deadline

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By: Noah Wright   The deadline is slowly approaching. We’re already in July, and have already heard multiple rumors about multiple teams and players. So far, we haven’t heard very much about the Pirates approach to the deadline. They said that they don’t think they’ll be sellers, but I don’t think it’s time to sell off tons of prospects. The team should not sell of the controllable pieces, namely Starling Marte and Felipe Vazquez. While both are having good seasons, especially Vazquez, the farm system isn’t in desperate need for prospects. Mitch Keller, is looking like a star in AAA,...

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The Pirates Shouldn't Trade Felipe Vazquez...Just Yet

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By: Noah Wright   Currently in the rumor mill, it seems the LA Dodgers are interested in Pirates’ closer Felipe Vazquez, which is understandable. They’re bullpen is very weak. While Kenley Jansen is having another strong season with a 3.21/3.24 ERA/FIP and 6.43 K/BB ratio, he has been a bit susceptible to the longball. Through 33 and two thirds innings, Jansen has given up 5 homers. Pedro Baez is having a good season as well with a sub-3 ERA/FIP (2.80/2.90). Outside of those 2, their relief corps are pretty weak. Off season signee Joe Kelly has been awful. He has...

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The Cubs Decision To Accept Cole Hamels' Option Is Paying Off

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By: Noah Wright   Before the 2018 deadline, lefty starter Cole Hamels was clearly on the decline. He had an injury filled 2017 season, plus when he was healthy he didn’t pitch well, and he was not pitching well at all with the Rangers again in 2018. He had a 4.72 ERA, 5.20 WHIP, and 1.373 WHIP through 114 and a third innings. Plus his home run rate rose to 1.8 per 9. It was the next step of decline for the former ace. Before 2019, he didn’t have an ace level season since 2014 when he had 2.46 ERA,...

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