Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 10/13/13
Midnight struck for baseball’s Cinderella last night, as Adam Wainwright‘s curveball played the part of the wicked stepmother. Actually, I don’t know the Cinderella story well enough to know if that sentence makes sense, so let’s move on from this tortured analogy after just one sentence. The Pirates lost last night, and the season that put the city back on the map as a baseball town is now over. So now, there’s one question hanging over the franchise: was this was a one year aberration or was this was the emergence a new force to be reckoned with in the NL Central? From one perspective, it’s impossible to answer this question right now. We have no idea what the 2014 Pirates will actually look like after an off-season of roster shuffling. They could pony up their entire farm system to land both David Price and Giancarlo Stanton, and then, yeah, they’re obviously a contender next year. Or they might decide to play it safe, wait for the next wave of prospects to hit Pittsburgh, and
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Giancarlo Stanton discusses trade to Yankees

Report: Nationals, Cardinals and Giants among teams interested in Marlins' Marcell Ozuna

LaMelo, LiAngelo Ball to join Lithuanian team in January

Players avoid suspensions for mayhem in Jacksonville

NFLPA to investigate Tom Savage concussion

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Mets, Rangers discussing Harvey-Profar trade

Carson Wentz out for season with torn ACL

Josh Norman seems ready to jump ship in Washington

Victor Oladipo ‘sick and tired’ of Paul George comparisons

Chris Bosh’s mom denies drug charges, says son is evicting her

Stanton’s agent suggests he will not opt out after 2020

The 'Josh Gordon is back and the NFL will have to deal with it!' quiz

Free agent profile: Carlos Santana

The best individual performance from every bowl all time

The naughty and nice athletes list for 2017

Sports & Politics Intersect: When Olympic gold corrupts

Dissecting the road to the NFL postseason

The 'And the winner is...' quiz

The 14 most intriguing NFL draft prospects playing in 2017 bowl games

The NFC playoffs will be loaded from top to bottom

Why Antonio Brown deserves to be in MVP discussion

Is this when Zach Werenski and the Blue Jackets really get their season going?

Joel Embiid and displacing fundamental truths

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 'Josh Gordon is back and the NFL will have to deal with it!' quiz

The best individual performance from every bowl all time

NFL Week 14 injury report

Sports & Politics Intersect: When Olympic gold corrupts

The best games of 2017

The naughty and nice athletes list for 2017

The 'And the winner is...' quiz

NHL Weekender: Caps gain ground, Kings ready to rule?

Dissecting the road to the NFL postseason

The 'What's old is new again (but also still old)' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker