PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan)- MLB Network’s Darryl Hamilton joined The Fan Morning Show on Friday to give us the national thoughts on the red hot Pittsburgh Pirates who wrapped up an 8-2 home stand yesterday to improve to a season high 11 games over .500 at (29-18).

Hamilton says he understands if Pirates fans are a little skeptical of this early start after the way the past two seasons have ended but if it ended today the Pirates would be in the playoffs. That may be hard to grasp for a city not used to winning a baseball and in full playoff hockey mode but it’s true.

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“This team is winning games that they would have never won last year” Hamilton said. “Things may be different this year.”

Hamilton thinks Clint Hurdle is the perfect guy for this team and they have a shot to do good things. he expects it will be hard for the Pirates to pass either teh Cardinals or Reds for the division title but that should not be the goal. “The goal for Pittsburgh is just to make the playoffs” Hamilton said. “Anything can happen once you are in the playoffs if you get a hot bat…anything can happen.”

That is music to the ears of Pirates fans who have been waiting 20 years just to be over .500.

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Hamilton likes what he is seeing from this Pirates team but is concerned that that bullpen that is performing so well right now may be piling on a few too many innings early on. “These guys may get you to the playoffs…but they will be spent in the playoffs…so others need to step up.” Hamilton stated.

We will have to wait and see if the Pirates have learned their lesson from the past two seasons…but so far it seems as those these Pirates are different and this year may be something special.

Listen to the Full interview with The Fan Morning Show here:

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Watch Darryl throughout the season on MLB Tonight featuring look-ins of live games.