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The Marlon Byrd trade has worked out well for the Pirates

Oct 6, 2013, 7:48 PM EDT

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If you had Marlon Byrd as a trade acquisition making the biggest impact in the post-season, please step forward to claim your prize. Everything about the 35-year-old’s 2013 season has been unlikely, from the 21 home runs and .848 OPS he posted in five months with the Mets, to the three homers and .843 OPS he compiled in a month-plus with the Pirates, to the second-inning home run he hit to stake the Pirates to a 1-0 lead in the Wild Card game against the Reds, to tonight’s outstanding performance in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cardinals.

The Pirates picked up Byrd (and John Buck) from the Mets on August 27 for Minor Leaguers Dilson Herrera and Vic Black. At the time, the Pirates were still in a knock-down, drag-out fight in the NL Central with the Cardinals and Reds, and Byrd was as good an upgrade as was available at the time. Like most moves GM Neal Huntington has made to put together the current iteration of the Pirates roster, this move has been a boon to the club.

Byrd went 2-for-3 with a two-run single in the first, a double in the sixth that helped move Andrew McCutchen to third base (he would subsequently score), and a walk in the eighth inning to set the stage for Pedro Alvarez, who would knock in the game-winning run with a single to right. Byrd was the catalyst for the Pirates, involved in every meaningful run they scored tonight, defeating the Cardinals by a 5-3 margin.

If the Pirates are able to advance to the NLCS, whether tomorrow at home or on Wednesday in St. Louis, they will have many players to thank, but Byrd will certainly be at the top of the list. Who knew a 35-year-old journeyman outfielder with a career .749 OPS would be such an important contributor in the post-season?

  1. Stiller43 - Oct 6, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Lets go buccos, baby!!!

    One win away from the nlcs

  2. chill1184 - Oct 6, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Love that Byrd continues to be the word

  3. thomas844 - Oct 6, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Cheater

    • theageofquarrel - Oct 6, 2013 at 8:29 PM

      Whaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!

  4. ppens1 - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Byrd may by far be the number one reason the Pirates are in the playoffs ,Let alone the reason we can go all he way. This is one of those feel good stories like bettis winning the superbowl In his home town of Detroit.
    Other than the Reds fans I think most of America is praying ,rooting ,screaming .For the Pirates to win.
    From 21 year losers. To Americas team over night and you will not find a more grateful city and fan base.
    Lets go BUCS
    Do this one for Reberto #21

    • theageofquarrel - Oct 7, 2013 at 6:21 AM

      Roberto and Pops are smiling down on this team.

  5. stlouis1baseball - Oct 7, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Great game by the Pirates! They fought, clawed, willed their way to a win. They deserved it.

    That stated….I took two other things away from the game.

    1) Jerry Layne’s strike zone is horrible.
    2) Dick Stockton needs to stick to basketball.

  6. jarathen - Oct 7, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    The secret is his top button remaining unfastened.

  7. jimsjam33 - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Darn it . If the Dodgers and Pirates meet it should be noted that Marlon Byrd just literally destroyed the Dodgers when he was playing for the Mets .

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