It has been twenty years since the Pittsburgh Pirates had a winning season. TWENTY YEARS.
The last time the Buccos made the playoffs, Francisco Cabrera hit a line drive over Jay Bell on a 2–1 pitch to left field that scored David Justice and a slow footed Sid Bream, who beat a left-field throw from Barry Bonds (pre-steroid version) to win the pennant for the Braves in 1992. Soon that will be a forgotten memory.
Currently, the Pirates and and the St. Louis Cardinals are tied for first in the National League Central. They will make the playoffs either as NL Central champs or as a Wild Card. In a season in which they was expected to finish last, they have been the best story in baseball. Now the question is, can they win it all?
Currently, the Pirates odds of winning the World Series is 12-1. As you all know odds do not mean anything in baseball. The rotation have been the main strength thanks in part of Francisco Liriano, who in my opinion should win NL Cy Young award. Also pitchers A.J Burnett, Jeff Locke, Garrett Cole and Charlie Morton each had their fair share of quality starts. The Pirates are ranked first in baseball in ERA with a 3.19, 5th in BAA and 21st in quality starts.
The offense is where the problem lies. The Pirates are 24th in runs scored and 23rd in batting average. If the Pirates are going to make it far in the postseason, Andrew McCutchen must lead the way.
Everyone thinks that the Dodgers or Red Sox is going to win the the World Series. The Pirates are going to be a force to be reckon with come playoff time. Do not sleep on the Pirates.
Raise the Jolly Rodger!