The journey back to October
begins Monday at PNC Park,
but Pirates fans can prepare now
with the PG's 2014
baseball season preview.
■ For the Fan -- Inside the Schedule
Post-Gazette baseball writer Jenn Menendez highlights games and series fans will want to circle for the 2014 season.
■ Pirates' Cole is riding a most epic wave
Whether on a pitcher's mound or a surfboard, Gerrit Cole hunts moments that elude him. It makes it that much better when he catches them.
■ The Match Game: Pirates and the Cardinals
The Pirates made great strides in 2013 but they future growth will still have be measured against the St. Louis Cardinals.
■ Gene Collier: A look inside the paradox of the big-money pitcher
Wherein Gene laments the sorry physical state and whopping financial price of big-league pitching.
■ The Prospect Pipeline -- Only a matter of time for Polanco, Taillon
Gregory Polanco, the best prospect in the system according to Baseball America, will likely join the Pirates at some point this summer.
■ Primer for translating Clint Hurdle
The Pirates' fourth-year manager is one of the most quotable in the recent history of the franchise.
■ Replay comes with promise of better game
The red-faced manager-umpire tirade of years past might fade this season as expanded instant replay crashes the hallowed diamonds.
■ Stats Geek -- Spoonful of reality hard to swallow
The Pirates are a good team that didn't do anything this past winter to make themselves better.
■ National League Central predicted order of 2014
Post-Gazette baseball writer Bill Brink breaks down the Pirates' division and looks ahead to September and puts the five team in predicted order of 2014 finish:
■ View from afar ... Did 2013 change the perception of the Pirates?
Post-Gazette baseball writer Jenn Menendez takes a sampling of what other publications and outlets think of the team for 2014.