The Pittsburgh Pirates' 2012 quest to end their losing ways is down to its final 10 games.
The Pirates must win six of their remaining contests to avoid a 20th straight losing season heading into Monday night's opener of a four-game road set with the New York Mets.
Pittsburgh (75-77) was as high as 16 games over .500 at 63-47 and well within reach of a postseason spot before resembling the team that has turned in baseball's worst record over the previous two decades. Its 19 straight losing campaigns are a record for North American professional sports.
"We're all in it together, whether you're up or whether you're down or whether you're sideways, we're all tied together,'' manager Clint Hurdle said. "We need to remember that."
There are still positives for the Pirates to build upon, starting with Andrew McCutchen. The All-Star center fielder is in position to win the batting title with a .336 average since San Francisco's suspended Melky Cabrera has removed himself from contentio...