Found June 27, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
The Pittsburgh Pirates are a first-place ballclub. Not only that, but they're tied for the best record in MLB.  Thanks to the St. Louis Cardinals' 4-3 loss to the Houston Astros on Tuesday, the Bucs share a 48-30 record and the NL Central lead.  Our friend Pat Lackey is rubbing his eyes and looking at his monitor again, just to make sure it's true. Oh, it's true.  Just a week ago, Pittsburgh was four games behind the Cards and Reds, matching its largest deficit of the season. That put the Pirates in third place. With St. Louis establishing itself as the best team in baseball, and the Reds not far behind with the sport's second-best record, it was natural to ask if Pittsburgh was ready to fall out of contention. Yet so much can change in a week. The Cardinals have lost four of their past five games, including a three-game sweep last weekend at Texas. The Reds also lost four of five, dropping two at both Arizona and Oakland.  Meanwhile, the Pirates won th...
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