Tuesday, September 30, 2014

JAL’s Gold Dust Morning Links





Gold Dust Tori Amos 2002

GENERAL UPDATED BASEBALL SITES

1- MLB Transactions


2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates


3 BFFL’s 2014 Pirates Stats Spreadsheet


4 ESPN

Wild Card Standings


BLOGS and such

5—Pirates Prospects


First Pitch: Dear ESPN and TBS, Please Show This in Your Pre-Game Broadcasts


6 Bucs Dugout

Jeff Banister doesn't win Astros managerial job


7 Green Weenie

Post Season Stuff...Schedules, Ex-Bucs, Final Regular Season Stats



8 Rumbunter

NL Wild Card Game - What's The Madison Bumgarner Chant?


9 WHYGAVS

THE 2014 REGULAR SEASON WAS FRUSTRATING, WEIRD, AND AMAZING. SO WHAT’S NEXT?


10 Raise the Jolly Roger

> Wild Card rosters


The Pirates and Giants played some crazy games this year



NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

11 Washington Post

National League Division Series start times announced


12 San Francisco Chronicle

Giants put season in Madison Bumgarner’s left hand


13 CBS Sports

From Dodgers to A's, ranking title chances of MLB's 10 playoff teams


14 Chicago Sun Times  

Brewers’ Kyle Lohse says players remember how teams treat them


15 Pirates MLB Site

Reborn Volquez proud to start Wild Card Game


Position-by-position breakdown for Giants-Pirates


Giants, Bucs both like their Wild Card chances



16 Cincinnati Enquirer

BAR 9.29.14: Goodbye to 162



17 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

No decision coming this week on Brewers manager



18 St. Louis Post Dispatch

10 key moments from another big season


Burwell: Mystery meets destiny in the fall


19 Baseball Prospectus

The Week in Quotes


20 Fangraphs

The Playoff Odds, Now That We’re There



21 Post Gazette

Bumgarner looms as Giant obstacle in Pirates' wild-card game


Familiar formula rules Pirates-Giants series recently


Stats Geek: Volquez Is Still Underrated




Bob Smizik / How a winner was built



22 Tribune Review

20 improbable Pirates wins in 2014



Mercer's improved defense at shortstop gives Pirates a boost


23 ESPN

Does power pitching reign in October?



24 Sports on Earth

2014'S TOP OCTOBER TACTICIANS


25 SBNation

Let's give the 2014 MLB season a Viking funeral


Monday, September 29, 2014

Pirates Wild-Card Game Survey

Based on suggestions in JAL's Morning Links, I went ahead and put a quick, 10 question survey together with questions about the upcoming game against the Giants.

Click HERE FOR THE LINK.

The survey is open now and will stay open until 5:00 PM EST tomorrow (9/30/2014). I will share the results tomorrow evening.

Have fun!

JAL’s Heart of Gold Morning Links





Heart of Gold  Neil Young 1972

GENERAL UPDATED BASEBALL SITES

1- MLB Transactions


2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates


3 BFFL’s 2014 Pirates Stats Spreadsheet


4 ESPN

Wild Card Standings


BLOGS and such

5—Pirates Prospects


First Pitch: Edinson Volquez Currently Listed as the Starter in the Wild Card Game


Improved Fastball Command Propels Buddy Borden in 2014


6 Bucs Dugout

Pirates lose 4-1, now slated for Wild Card game


Postgame: Pirates come up short for the division, prepared for the Wild Card game


7 Green Weenie

Cole Train Rolls But Bullpen Rocked In 4-1 Loss As Cueto Does It All



8 Rumbunter

Neal Huntington Show Notes


9 WHYGAVS

GAME 162: REDS 4 PIRATES 1


10 Raise the Jolly Roger

> Reds 4 Pirates 1


NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

11 Washington Post

Jordan Zimmermann no-hitter a fitting cap to Washington Nationals season


12 San Francisco Chronicle

Giants win regular finale, head to Pittsburgh for wild-card game


13 CBS Sports

Pirates' 4-1 loss to Reds gives title to Cards


14 Chicago Sun Times  

Cubs staying positive about next season


15 Pirates MLB Site

Cole's 12 K's not enough as Pirates fall to Reds


Stewart day to day with sore left wrist


16 Cincinnati Enquirer

Now, time to fix what ailed the Reds



17 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Brewers must decide what to do about collapse



18 St. Louis Post Dispatch

NO SURPRISE: Cards rule NL Central


Bernie: Cards' win is fitting finale to regular season


19 Rant Sports

Starling Marte is Key To Pittsburgh Pirates’ World Series Run


20 Sports on Earth

MLB POSTSEASON POWER RANKINGS



21 Post Gazette

Pirates fall short to Reds, 4-1


Pirates notebook: Hurdle defends plan to use Cole


Gene Collier: Cueto drives Pirates batty




22 Tribune Review

Inside the decision: Pirates chose their own adventure



Pitcher Cueto, Reds dash Pirates' division title hopes in finale

Rossi: No matter outcome, Pirates arrive



23 ESPN

Did Pirates mess up by starting Cole?


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Post-Game: Reds 4, Pirates 1

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      Scoring Summary

      Bottom 1st: Cincinnati
      Todd Frazier grounded out, third to first, Kristopher Negron scored, Brandon Phillips to second
      PIT 0 - CIN 1
      Top 4th: Pittsburgh
      Neil Walker homered (394 ft.) to deep right
      PIT 1 - CIN 1
      Bottom 8th: Cincinnati
      Johnny Cueto singled to left center, Jason Bourgeois scored
      PIT 1 - CIN 2
      Kristopher Negron homered (418 ft.) to deep left center, Yorman Rodríguez scored
      PIT 1 - CIN 4

      Batting

      Pittsburgh

      ABRHRBIHRBBKSBLOBAVG
      Josh Harrison3B400000101.315
      Travis SniderRF401000001.264
      Grégory PolancoPR-RF000000000.235
      Andrew McCutchenCF301000200.314
      Neil Walker2B412110002.271
      Starling MarteLF401000112.291
      Ike Davis1B100000000.233
      Gaby SánchezPH-1B300000101.229
      Jordy MercerSS400000201.255
      Chris StewartC302000000.294
      Tony SánchezC100000101.267
      Gerrit ColeP200000102.174
      Andrew LamboPH100000100.256
      Tony WatsonP000000000.333
      Justin WilsonP000000000.000
      Totals341711010111
      Batting
      2B - T Snider (15, J Cueto); C Stewart 2 (5, J Cueto 2)
      HR - N Walker (23, 4th inning off J Cueto 0 on, 0 Out)
      RBI - N Walker (76)
      Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - N Walker 1, S Marte 1, G Cole 1
      Team LOB - 6

      Cincinnati

      ABRHRBIHRBBKSBLOBAVG
      Kristopher Negron3B423210000.271
      Brandon Phillips2B401000100.266
      Todd Frazier1B300101101.273
      Devin MesoracoC300000301.273
      Jay BruceRF401000203.217
      Chris HeiseyCF300000100.222
      Jason BourgeoisLF311000000.242
      Zack CozartSS300000201.221
      Johnny CuetoP301100200.132
      Yorman RodríguezPR010000000.222
      Aroldis ChapmanP000000000.000
      Totals30474111206
      Batting
      3B - J Bourgeois (1, T Watson)
      HR - K Negron (6, 8th inning off J Wilson 1 on, 1 Out)
      RBI - K Negron 2 (17), T Frazier (80), J Cueto (3)
      Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - T Frazier 1, J Bruce 2
      Team LOB - 4
      Running
      CS - J Bruce (3, 2nd base by G Cole/C Stewart)

      Pitching

      Pittsburgh

      IPHRERBBKHRWHIPERA
      Gerrit Cole7.041101201.213.65
      Tony Watson(L, 10-2)0.12220001.021.63
      Justin Wilson0.21111011.324.20

      Cincinnati

      IPHRERBBKHRWHIPERA
      Johnny Cueto(W, 20-9)8.06110710.962.25
      Aroldis Chapman(SV, 36)1.01000300.832.00
      WP - G Cole
      HBP - D Mesoraco (by J Wilson); A McCutchen (by J Cueto)
      Pitches-strikes - G Cole 102-71; T Watson 13-7; J Wilson 17-9; J Cueto 107-74
      Ground balls-fly balls - G Cole 6-2; T Watson 1-0; J Wilson 2-1; J Cueto 9-4
      Batters faced - G Cole 24; T Watson 3; J Wilson 5; J Cueto 31
      Game Details
      Umpires: HP--Marvin Hudson. 1B--Doug Eddings. 2B--Cory Blaser. 3B--Jim Joyce.
      Weather: 77 degrees, mildly cloudy.
      Wind: 0 mph, no wind direction.