2013 Pittsburgh Pirates season

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2013 Pittsburgh Pirates
National League Wild Card
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 94–68 (.580)
Divisional place 2nd
Other information
Owner(s) Robert Nutting
General manager(s) Neal Huntington
Manager(s) Clint Hurdle
Local television Root Sports Pittsburgh
Local radio KDKA-FM
Pittsburgh Pirates Radio Network
(Steve Blass, Greg Brown, Tim Neverett, Bob Walk, John Wehner)
Stats ESPN.com
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The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the franchise's 127th season as a member of the National League, 132nd season overall, and 13th season at PNC Park. The regular season began at home with a loss against the Chicago Cubs on April 1 and ended with a win at Great American Ball Park against the Cincinnati Reds on September 29. In their first winning season since 1992, the Pirates finished in second place in the National League Central Division with 94 wins and 68 losses.

The Pirates earned their 82nd win of the season on September 9, ensuring the team's first winning season since 1992 and ending the longest stretch of losing seasons—20—in North American professional sports history. Although the St. Louis Cardinals won the NL Central Division, the Pirates clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 1992 in one of two NL Wild Card spots on September 23. In the Wild Card Game, the Pirates secured their first postseason win since Game 6 of the 1992 National League Championship Series by defeating the Cincinnati Reds. In doing so, the team advanced to the 2013 National League Division Series, where they were defeated in five games by the eventual National League champion Cardinals, eliminating them from the 2013 postseason.

Five members of the 2013 Pirates were selected to represent the National League in the All-Star Game. In addition, team manager Clint Hurdle won the 2013 NL Manager of the Year Award in his third year with the Pirates, center fielder Andrew McCutchen was named NL Most Valuable Player, pitcher Francisco Liriano was named NL Comeback Player of the Year, and third baseman Pedro Álvarez tied for first place in home runs hit in the National League at 36.

Season standings[edit]

National League Central[edit]

NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 97 65 0.599 54–27 43–38
Pittsburgh Pirates 94 68 0.580 3 50–31 44–37
Cincinnati Reds 90 72 0.556 7 49–31 41–41
Milwaukee Brewers 74 88 0.457 23 37–44 37–44
Chicago Cubs 66 96 0.407 31 31–50 35–46


National League playoff standings[edit]

Record vs. opponents[edit]

Detailed records[edit]

Regular season[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen bats against the Nationals on May 3.
  • May 11 – Pitcher Francisco Liriano makes his Pirates debut, striking out nine and allowing one run over 5.2 innings in an 11–2 road victory against the New York Mets. This was Liriano's first appearance of his NL Comeback Player of the Year season.
  • Jason Grilli wins the Delivery Man Award for May, his second of the season.
  • The Pirates finish the month with a win/loss record of 34–21, tied for second in the NL Central with the Cincinnati Reds and 2.0 games out of first.

June[edit]

  • June 11 – Starting pitcher Gerrit Cole makes his awaited MLB debut, in which he strikes out the first batter he faces on three pitches, records a two-run single, and pitches 6.1 innings to earn the win in an 8–2 home victory over the San Francisco Giants.
  • June 24Pedro Alvarez is named NL Player of the Week for the week ending June 23.
  • June 29 – The Pirates, with the best record in MLB, become the first team to reach 50 wins in the 2013 season.
  • The Pirates finish the month on a nine-game winning streak with a win/loss record of 51–30, first place in the NL Central with the best record in the majors.

July[edit]

  • July 7 – Pedro Alvarez (3B), Jason Grilli (P), Jeff Locke (P), Andrew McCutchen (OF), and Mark Melancon (P) are named to the National League All-Star team. The Pirates had not sent five players to the All-Star game since 1972.
  • July 14 – The Pirates enter the All-Star break with a win/loss record of 56–37, second in the NL Central and one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • The Pirates finish the month with a win/loss record of 65–42, first place in the NL Central with the best record in the majors.

August[edit]

  • August 1 – The Pirates win four games out of a five-game homestand, including a double-header sweep, against the St. Louis Cardinals to hold onto first place in the NL Central.
  • August 5Francisco Liriano is named NL Player of the Week for the week ending August 4.
  • August 28 – Recently acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd hits a three-run home run in his first game as a Pirate, contributing to a 7–1 home victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • The Pirates finish the penultimate month of the regular season with a win/loss record of 79–56, one game ahead of the Cardinals for first place in the NL Central.

September[edit]

  • September 9 – After a four-game losing streak, the Pirates defeat the Texas Rangers on the road to secure their 82nd win of the season and ensure their first winning season since 1992.
  • September 20 – Pitcher Francisco Liriano records the 1,000th strikeout of his career in a 6–5 extra-inning home loss to the Cincinnati Reds.
  • September 23 – The Pirates defeat the Chicago Cubs on the road to secure their first playoff birth since 1992 as an NL Wild Card.
  • September 28 – The Pirates combine to hit six home runs against the Cincinnati Reds, five off of starter Bronson Arroyo, two of which were hit by Neil Walker in an 8–3 victory.
  • September 29 – The Pirates finish the regular season with a three-game away sweep of the Reds to earn home-field advantage in the NL Wild Card game.
  • Gerrit Cole is named NL Rookie of the Month for September, having earned a win in each of his four starts in September, improving his rookie season win/loss record to 10–7.
  • At the conclusion of the season, the Pirates had a win/loss record of 94–68, finishing second in the NL Central behind the St. Louis Cardinals.

Game log[edit]

2013 Game Log (94–68)[2]
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Postponement
Bold = Pirates team member

Postseason[edit]

Wild Card Game[edit]

Pre-game festivities before the October 1 Wild Card game at PNC Park.
  • October 1 – National League Wild Card game – This game marked the first Pirates postseason appearance since 1992 and the first postseason game ever played at PNC Park. After a scoreless first inning and a half, the Pirates secured the first runs of the game with home runs by Marlon Byrd and Russell Martin in the bottom of the 2nd inning.[3] In the bottom of the third, Pedro Alvarez hit a sacrifice-fly to Shin-Soo Choo, which allowed Andrew McCutchen to score. In the top of the fourth, with Choo and Ryan Ludwick on base, Jay Bruce hit a groundball single to Pirates left-fielder Starling Marte, allowing Choo to score. In the bottom of the fourth, Marte and Neil Walker scored off RBIs. In the bottom of the 7th inning, Russell Martin hit a solo home run. The Reds could only further respond with a Choo home run off of Tony Watson. The Pirates held on to win with Jason Grilli closing the game, setting the Pirates up to face the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS.[4][5]

Division Series[edit]

  • October 3 – Game one – The Cardinals set a new NLDS record with seven runs in an inning,[6] highlighted by Carlos Beltrán's three-run home run (443 feet), his 15th in post-season play tying Babe Ruth for eighth place on the list. Only Derek Jeter (20) and Albert Pujols (18) among active players had more at the time.[7]
  • October 4 – Game two – The Pirates scored first with two outs in the second inning as Gerrit Cole drove in Pedro Álvarez with a single after Jordy Mercer was intentionally walked. Alvarez hit his second home run of the series in the third, a two-run line drive. The Pirates added to their lead with two runs in the fifth inning as Marlon Byrd drove home Justin Morneau with a double and Russell Martin plated Byrd with a single. The Cardinals finally got on the board with a solo home run from Yadier Molina in their half of the fifth inning. It was his third post-season home run. The Pirates added runs in the seventh inning as Martin plated Byrd again, this time via a sacrifice fly.
  • October 6 – Game three – The Pirates opened up their first non-Wild Card postseason home game in 21 years by scoring two runs in the first inning. The Cardinals would later tie the game in the fifth with a two-out RBI single by Carlos Beltrán. The Pirates responded by scoring the next inning on a Russell Martin sacrifice fly, which was later answered by a Carlos Beltrán home run in the eighth. The Pirates would retake the lead in the bottom of the 8th and win the game by the score of 5-3.
  • October 7 – Game four – Game 4 featured a quality start from St. Louis Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha. Wacha held the Pirates to just three base runners (one hit, two walks) through 713 innings pitched. It was the longest no-hitter length by a rookie pitcher since Jeff Tesreau went 513 innings with no hits allowed for the 1912 New York Giants.[8] Pedro Alvarez broke up Wacha's no-hitter in the eighth with his third home run of the series. Matt Holliday hit a two-run home run in the sixth, providing the Cardinals' margin of victory. Charlie Morton went 523 innings pitched, allowing just two runs.
  • October 9 – Game five – Game 5 pitted Game 1 winner Adam Wainwright against the Pirates' rookie Gerrit Cole. The Cardinals got on the board first in the bottom of the second inning as Jon Jay walked with two-outs and David Freese broke the tie with a two-run home run. The Cardinals added to their lead in the sixth as Jay singled home Matt Holliday to make it 3–0. The Pirates rallied with two outs in the top of the seventh as Justin Morneau, Marlon Byrd and Pedro Alvarez all singled (the last driving home Morneau), but Wainwright was able to get Russell Martin to ground out to end the threat. Entering the bottom of the eighth and with the Cardinals leading 3–1, they put the game out of reach as Matt Adams hit a two-run home run off of Mark Melancon to make it 5–1. They added another run on a Pete Kozma single. Wainwright finished the complete game by striking out Alvarez with two runners on base to end the Pirates' season.

Game log[edit]

2013 Postseason Game Log (3–3)[9]
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Postponement
Bold = Pirates team member

Roster[edit]

2013 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Transactions[edit]

The Pirates were involved in the following transactions during the 2013 season:

  • Black line marks the transition between off season and regular season

Notable achievements[edit]

Awards[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Batting
Pitching
Legend
  • Stats reflect time with the Pirates only.

– Denotes player was acquired mid-season.
– Denotes player was relinquished mid-season.

Draft picks[edit]

2013 Top 10 Rounds Draft Picks[134]
Round Pick Player Position School Signed
1 9 Meadows, AustinAustin Meadows CF Grayson HS June 28, 2013
1 14 McGuire, ReeseReese McGuire C Kentwood HS June 18, 2013
2 51 Taylor, BlakeBlake Taylor LHP Dana Hills HS June 14, 2013
3 87 Jones, JaCobyJaCoby Jones CF LSU July 1, 2013
4 119 Dickson, CodyCody Dickson LHP Sam Houston State June 13, 2013
5 149 Arbet, TraeTrae Arbet SS Great Oak HS June 14, 2013
6 179 Frazier, AdamAdam Frazier SS Mississippi State July 3, 2013
7 209 Borden, BuddyBuddy Borden RHP UNLV July 8, 2013
8 239 Kozikowski, NeilNeil Kozikowski RHP Avon Old Farms School June 21, 2013
9 269 Kuhl, ChadChad Kuhl RHP Delaware June 13, 2013
10 299 Carle, ShaneShane Carle RHP Long Beach State June 14, 2013

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians International League Dean Treanor
AA Altoona Curve Eastern League Carlos García
A Bradenton Marauders Florida State League Frank Kremblas
A West Virginia Power South Atlantic League Michael Ryan
A-Short Season Jamestown Jammers New York–Penn League Dave Turgeon
Rookie GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League Milver Reyes
Rookie DSL Pirates 1 Dominican Summer League Gerardo Alvarez
Rookie DSL Pirates 2 Dominican Summer League Keoni De Renne

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