Found September 03, 2013 on
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This is the way it was supposed to happen.
Tomorrow the Pirates have the chance to end their 20 year consecutive losing streak. They won game number 80 today, and can take win number 81 and avoid a losing season tomorrow. After that it’s win number 82 for the first winning season since 1992. And while people are excited for these two things, they take a clear back seat to the current playoff race.
Just like it should be.
If you haven’t been reading Pat Lackey’s series on WHYGAVS after each win, you’re missing out. Here is win number 79. Tomorrow you can look forward to reading his thoughts on win number 80 and how that relates to the last 20 years (Spoiler Alert: no team in the last 20 years has won that many games). I encourage you to go back and read all of them.
Going back through and reading the series can torment you, and make you appreciate what is happening this year, all at the same time. It takes some bad management to get to 20 years of losing in a row, but even bad manage...
BEST OF MAXIM
Justin Morneau is here. The first baseman arrived in Pittsburgh at approximately 7:50 last night and made it into the Pirates’ dugout sometime between the fifth and sixth inning.
“I knew what the score was. I checked the score when I landed,” Morneau said. “We were listening to it on the radio on the way in.”
When he arrived at the moment, Morneau arrived to an image that...
Jason Grilli has been activated from the disabled list. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
The Pittsburgh Pirates made the expected moves to recall Jeff Locke, Jared Hughes, Andrew Lambo, and Tony Sanchez from Altoona today. They also activated Jason Grilli from the disabled list, which was a bit unexpected since there was talk that he could make one more rehab appearance. All five players...
The Pittsburgh Pirates activated Jason Grilli from the disabled list Tuesday, and the All-Star knows he has some work to do before reclaiming his spot as the team's closer.
Grilli says he'll be ready when the time comes.
''I think I showed that my arm is where it needs to be and there's not really much to prove for myself and I'm being honest with them,...
Whiffing five batters and surrendering only five hits and two runs over six innings, budding Pirates ace Gerrit Cole helped Pittsburgh defeat the Brewers 4-3 Tuesday night in Milwaukee. Turning in four straight quality starts, the 22-year-old Cole (6-7, 3.44 ERA) has now recorded 66 strikeouts over 91.1 innings. Chosen first overall out of UCLA in 2011, the 6-foot-4, 220 pound Cole...
Neil Walker hit a three-run homer, Charlie Morton pitched seven strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Milwaukee 5-2 Monday to retake the NL Central lead.
The Pirates moved one game of St. Louis, which lost earlier in the day at Cincinnati. Pittsburgh won the opener of a nine-game road trip.
Walker broke it open with his homer in the seventh for a 5-1 lead. Jose Tabata...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have ended their run of 20 straight consecutive losing seasons - the longest in North American professional sports history.
The Pirates can next cement a winning record if they complete their first sweep at Miller Park in over nine years.
They'll send Francisco Liriano to the mound Wednesday night when they try to hand the Milwaukee Brewers a sixth straight...
Pinch-hitter Travis Snider homered in the ninth inning to lift Pittsburgh to a 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night that clinched the Pirates' first non-losing record in 21 seasons.
Snider drove a 2-2 pitch from Jim Henderson (3-5) over the wall in center for his second pinch-hit homer of the season. He also accomplished the feat against the Chicago Cubs on May...
TOP OF THE SYSTEM
A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates...
The streak is over! On Tuesday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates pulled out a 4-3 road win against the Milwaukee Brewers to earn their 81st win of the 2013 season. In doing so, the franchise clinched its first non-losing record in 20 years.
The Pirates last posted a winning record in 1992 when they went 96-66 and won the National League East, before losing to the Atlanta Braves in the...
There are four weeks left in the Major League Baseball regular season. With a 79-57 record, and tied with Pittsburgh for first atop the National League Central division, the Cardinals will now face their toughest test.The Cardinals will begin a four-game series in Cincinnati on Monday. Their record against the Reds this season is 10-5, but the Reds are fighting for their...
Pirate fans: we're close. We're close to the win that will lift the ridiculous 20-year stone off of our backs and let us focus on a playoff run. I don't use "we" here to conflate fans with the team. I use "we" here to mean Pirate fans, because it's the fans that carry the entirety of this 20-year losing streak around like a curse, and we do it...
Charlie Morton finally ended his woes against the Milwaukee Brewers last week by outdueling Tom Gorzelanny, but Milwaukee has made a change to its rotation to avoid a repeat of that scenario.
Tyler Thornburg will instead start Monday, looking to give the NL Central-leading Pittsburgh Pirates more trouble in the opener of a three-game set at Miller Park.
Milwaukee (59-77) won two...
Charlie Morton wants to change the context of his starts. He does not want to measure his performance against the backdrop of his recovery from Tommy John surgery. He wants to judge himself in the closest thing to a vacuum as possible.
"I'd like to base where I am off of what I did last start" Morton said.
If Morton keeps pitching the way he has his previous start...
For Charlie Morton's first handful or so of starts back from Tommy John surgery, I thought that the increased velocity that he was showing without losing the increased sink that he'd picked up on his fastball before the injury was an awfully good sign. The last few times out, he's really started to put everything together. This afternoon, he shut the Brewers down over...
That felt good. There was a time where it looked like the Pirates would squander it away, but alas, Travis Snider is a hero. The streak is dead. You can throw all your scenarios out there that says it’s not, but eff you. I’m going to enjoy that day greatly, until tonight when the Pirates…