ALEXANDER: Here’s The Deal With .500

By: Paul Alexander

There is no way anyone associated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, players, coaches, managers and front office personnel can mention .500 baseball as a goal. I get that.

Despite all of those long 18 losing seasons, .500 baseball is still mediocrity and no one should aspire to that. There is a rub though. While you don’t celebrate .500 baseball, you do celebrate the progress that .500 baseball represents. It is indeed a means to an end.

The big question is, is it sustainable? Can the Pirates actually carry this or any win/loss total that would actually best the infamous Holy Grail? That would finally signify this interminable run of  losing baseball.

I say dare to dream. Granted, I’m not sure this will be a relevant topic by Memorial Day or certainly by the 4th of July. So what? Let’s talk about it while it is relevant and while the Buccos are an entertaining team to watch and follow.

I have no idea if the starting pitching will continue to be strong or if the bats will start to be more productive. What I do know is that I will be watching and wondering if we could possibly finally get past this ridiculous barrier of .500 baseball.

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  • Joy

    Just think if their middle relief pitchers were of major league quality. They might be 5 or 6 games over .500 right now.

  • Jeepn2k7

    I want to see how they do after the interleague games. The Pirates have been horrible over the years and often these games will start a losing streak of significance which usually is the nail in the coffin for the rest of the season.

  • CharlotteSteelers/Pens/Pirate/PittFan

    The thing I like so far isn’t just the winning but it seems that the attitude in the clubhouse is different. Maybe the guys are bonding a little better then before. Possibly since they all came up through the minors together with only a few added pieces here and there. Also it could be Hurdle and his methods and also aggresive play. If it wasn’t for the hit and run last night we might not have won. So far I am enjoying watching the bucs. They seem more competitive and fun to watch. I hope it stays around a while.

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