Alexander: Pirates Have A Different Look

By: Paul Alexander

It is still very early in the season and the Pirates are still under the ever-elusive .500 mark but doesn’t it feel different? It does for me.

I’m still concerned that there’s no way the Bucs can match their longest losing streaks, which so far this year is six, with an equally as long winning streak. The Pirates did win four straight this past week. That new math, which I’m not very proficient at, suggests that if your losing streaks always dwarf the winning streaks, .500 just isn’t going to happen.

That being said, it does feel different. Much of that is the presence of Clint Hurdle. He is upbeat, engaging and extremely infectious. The players know where they stand. They are having fun and he is setting them up to succeed.

I am not about to go overboard here because of the harsh reality that is the last 18 seasons, but I am more than willing to be cautiously optimistic. The offense is still not where I think it can be, but the pitching so far is well beyond our meager expectations. Will the Bucs flirt with .500 until the All-Star break? August? Dare to dream, September? I doubt that, but I do believe 70-75 wins is realistic and that represents a momentous upgrade. Baby steps, but a step in the right direction is exactly what the Pirates need to take.

  • Jeepers

    If they are close to .500 ball by the end of August, that stadium will be packed every game.

    And for .500 in this division also means that they are in the hunt for a wild card. Regardless of what happens though, this team is fun to watch so far.

  • CharlotteSteelers/Pens/Pirate/PittFan

    It’s still very early in the season to be dreaming of a .500 season. The pitching probably will fall late in the season. This is the first full year of some of the players on the team so to say could get worn down by the end of August or September. I am enjoying the ride and I must say that Hurdle has made a change so far with the attitude and the outlook of the fans so I feel the bucs are moving in the right direction but we still need some quality arms and bench players. It’s just nice to see the stadium filled for other reasons then just fireworks! I am enjoying watching the bucs and hopefully I can say the same thing in August.

  • adda boy

    still a joke of a team.

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