Originally written on Next Impulse Sports  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Barry_bonds_b745
The Pittsburgh Pirates are in first place at the halfway mark of the 2013 Major League Baseball season.  Not only that, they’re currently on a 9-game winning streak, and owners of the best record in baseball at 21 games over .500 (51-30).  The last time they were this good, Barry Bonds had a normal sized body and Sid Bream was doing this. It was 1992.  The Montreal Expos were still in existence.  The Marlins and Rockies were not.  The Brewers were in the American League.  The Astros were in the National League.   The Halos were the California Angels.  And the Cubs were still pretty bad.  So even though some things remain the same year after year, most do not.  The statistical probability of something remaining completely unchanged since 1992 is nearly impossible, unless, of course, we’re talking about Steve Martin’s hair color.  This includes the longest streak of being unable to field a winning team in the four major sports – MLB, NHL, NBA, and NFL.  Specifically, I’m speaking about the Pittsburgh Pirates and the fact that they’ve ended up with more L’s than W’s every year since the last George Bush was in office. The Pirates obviously had some great talent during the late 80s and early 90s era and have been searching for that since.  Bobby Bonilla and Barry Bonds were pretty good.  Brian Giles and Jason Bay were not as good.  They were the equivalent of hiring Bozo the Clown for your child’s birthday party but winding up with this guy.  This new crop, though, is mighty good. First off, Andrew McCutchen is a badass.  He’s a 20/20 machine who roams centerfield with ease and makes life easy for everyone around him.  That’s the definition of a superstar.  Next to him in left field is Starling Marte AKA Andrew McCutchen Lite.  He too is going to be a 20/20 yearly reminder of how fast and good the Pirates outfield is.  Along with those two, there are plenty of other homegrown talents like Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez, and Gerrit Cole making their mark on the 2013 Pirates’ season.  And speaking of Cole, the Pirates’ pitching staff is the unheralded hero of this year’s team.  They’ve given up the fewest runs in all of baseball and have the most team shutouts (12), yet don’t have one single complete game.  You can thank the game’s best bullpen for that, which is currently 19-10, with a 2.87 ERA, 32 saves, and a .215 BAA (batting average against). Statistics and history aside, this Pirates team will break that 20-year losing streak and will at least turn fortunes around in 2013 even if they don’t make the playoffs.  Or not.  The 2012 Pirates had these same beliefs, until they finished the season on an 18-41 skid to fall to 79-83 overall.  So, maybe we shouldn’t put history and statistics aside just yet.  Nevertheless, these Pirates are for real.  They’re a few moves away from being a legit contender, and the way ownership has been saving cash over the last two decades, it might be time to make it rain a bit so we can all enjoy that pirate treasure together.   [YouTube, Deadspin,  Baseball Reference, ESPN] Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Gronk on interest in his partying: It's because 'I'm a baller'

Jim Harbaugh looking to flip No. 1 quarterback recruit

Colts' suspension of Richardson voids $3.1 million

Five players replacing the biggest names in Pac-12 for 2015

Report: Broncos hire Phillips as defensive coordinator

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

LeBron James misses Cavs-Blazers game due to wrist injury

Iceman: Thompson’s 37-point quarter doesn't break his record

Mayweather visited Pacquiao’s hotel room for private meeting

Seahawks GM: Russell Wilson's contract 'presents challenges'

JR Smith: Lack of partying in Cleveland is better than NY

Tom Brady admits he has a cold

Phil Jackson's old Knicks teams used to deflate balls

David Blatt: There should be more LeBron MVP talk

Richard Sherman, girlfriend expecting son during SB week

WATCH: Marshawn, Gronk play Mortal Kombat with Conan

Armstrong: I’d use PEDs again under same circumstances

Top five free agent quarterbacks

Report: NFL investigators to consult physicist on Deflategate

5 X-factors for Super Bowl XLIX

Best prop bets about the Super Bowl broadcast

Ten worst teams to ever play in a Super Bowl

Marshawn's new stiff arm to media: You know why I'm here

Six MLB teams going all-in on 2015

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 Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Blatt wants more LeBron MVP talk

Best Super Bowl ads of all-time

5 X-factors for Super Bowl XLIX

Ten worst teams to ever play in a SB

Six MLB teams going all-in on 2015

Patriots' keys to Super Bowl victory

Seahawks' keys to Super Bowl victory

DeflateGate ball could fetch $50K

Doug Baldwin ready for Revis Island

Top storylines for Super Bowl XLIX

Barnes unhappy with NBA over fine

Does MLB need more offense in the modern game?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.