Curse or no curse, the Pittsburgh Pirates are going to be on the national cover of Sports Illustrated.
The Pirates’ clear cut and exclusive objective in this 2013 season should be to win more games than they lose. That’s it. Finish above .500.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — The Pirates (79-83) finished 2012 with their highest win total in 15 years, though, in doing so, they also finished the most ignominious collapse in MLB history, which center fielder Andrew McCutchen is already trying to forget.
(AP) — The Cincinnati Reds appear to have the right pitcher in the right ballpark as they start their final road trip of the year.
(AP) — The New York Mets haven’t had a 20-game winner in 22 years, and it’s been even longer since they’ve had a Cy Young Award winner.