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 Posted: Sun Sep 1st, 2013 06:25 am
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clawmaster wrote:
Pittsburgh behind AJ Fucking Burnett just beat The Cardinals to reclaim first place.

The Cardinals couldn't have picked a worse time to forget how to score runs.

Still, I'm pretty pleased for Pittsburgh that they've managed to do this, and if the Cardinals don't make it, I'll be rooting for them.

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I can hardly believe this is the same team that has been kicking me square in the balls for 20 years. This time last season fans wanted the whole front office run out of town for failing to make any deals at the deadline, and now they've seemingly found the same magic potion Ray Shero uses to get any player they set their minds to.

Adding two more guys with double digit HR totals to a roster where there's already 5-6 guys at that mark? Finally getting an every day 1B with power? My head's spinning trying to make sense of it all. That doesn't even cover having a ridiculous outfield with all 3 starters making circus catches on a regular basis.

Oh yeah, Jason Grilli is close to returning soon to a bullpen that didn't even skip a beat when the NL saves leader went down.

I'm going to the finale against the Cards, and I can't wait. The atmosphere is amazing at PNC, and getting to see meaningful baseball in September is just fantastic.



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sek69 wrote: I'm going to the finale against the Cards
Sorry :(

Still, if it's any consolation, there's no way Joe Kelly keeps pitching this well.

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Reds hammered Adam Wainwright and lead the Cards 7-2 in the 8th inning.



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One more win and the 20-year curse is over.



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There's actually been some debate if it ends at 81 or 82. 81 wins means no losing season, but it technically won't be a winning one until the next win.

All I know is I'm DVR'ing the game tonight for posterity just in case.



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81 or 82 they will have both this week

 

will celbrate first winning season since HW Bush was president

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Count Grog wrote: 81 or 82 they will have both this week

 

will celbrate first winning season since HW Bush was president



For you, Grog:









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thanks they are missing a golden marketing opportunity not having Lord Zoltan at the game



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The 1992 Curse is over....The Pirates beat the Brewers 4-3.  Win #81.

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Was there a decent celebration, or will that be on win 82?

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The team is downplaying the streak as much as possible, Hurdle's said since day one the goal was winning the division not ending any streaks. Pretty sure the only player who talks about it as something he wants to accomplish is Neil Walker who was born and raised here.



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sek69 wrote: The team is downplaying the streak as much as possible, Hurdle's said since day one the goal was winning the division not ending any streaks. Pretty sure the only player who talks about it as something he wants to accomplish is Neil Walker who was born and raised here
 

Well, I don't get a good vibe from the Cardinals - too many second-string starters and too few guys batting even up to their own career average. So I reckon the Pirates have got this.

Let's wait a few years and see if the Cubs can make it to a WS, if we're talking about streaks :)

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MILWAUKEE -- The Pittsburgh Pirates activated Jason Grilli from the disabled list Tuesday, and the All-Star knows he has some work to do before reclaiming his spot as the team's closer.

Grilli says he'll be ready when the time comes.

"I think I showed that my arm is where it needs to be and there's not really much to prove for myself and I'm being honest with them," Grilli said before the Pirates faced the Milwaukee Brewers in the second game of a three-game series.

Pittsburgh won 5-2 on Monday night at Miller Park to move one game ahead of St. Louis atop the NL Central.

"This is not a selfish move on my part," continued Grilli. "I want to just come and pitch and when they give me the ball, I'm going to pitch and face some big-league hitters to be the guy that I was, that everybody knows me as.

"I don't expect that I'll be closing games right away. I'm OK with that."

The 36-year-old right-hander had been on the DL since straining the right flexor tendon in his pitching arm during a 6-5 victory over Washington on July 22. He had been on a rehab assignment in the minors before being recalled Tuesday.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Grilli will make at least a couple of relief appearances in non-save situations before resuming his role as the closer.

"Our eyes will tell us what to do with him after that, I believe ... his eyes and our eyes," Hurdle said. "We eventually plan on transitioning him back to the closer role."

Grilli made the All-Star team for the first time this season and was second in the NL with 30 saves at the time of his injury.

Right-hander Mark Melancon, who stepped in as the closer, earned his 10th save after pitching a scoreless ninth Monday. He has allowed one earned run in his last 15 games.



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Current standings for contenders.



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