Originally posted on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 7/15/13
Let's spend one moment thinking back to April 1st. On April 1st, I was awfully concerned about the upcoming season. Simply put, I thought it was time for the Pirates to move to the proverbial "next level" of their long rebuilding process and I didn't think that the team, as assembled, was ready to make that jump. I was concerned that they were wasting years of Andrew McCutchen's prime and concerned that the minor league system wasn't good enough to support a sustained run of success in the immediate or near future.  I feel a little bit differently today. You probably know the vital statistics here, but let's run through them. The Pirates are 56-37 at the All-Star Break. That's slightly better than a 60% winning percentage. They have the second best record in the National League, just one game behind the Cardinals. That puts them in the first wild card spot, four games ahead of the the Cincinnati team that holds the second wild card spot. It also puts them nine games up on the Na...
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