Good morning. It is August 8th, 2013.
With last night's win, the Pirates are 69-44. Since 1992, the Pirates failed to win 69 games in the following seasons*: 1994, 1995, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.
That's nine total seasons. There is more work to be done.
*The strike shortened 1994 and 1995. The '94 Pirates were on pace for 75 wins, but the '95 Pirates were terrible and only on pace for 65 wins.
I remember reading a book (the writer escapes me--George Vescey, maybe) about the early Mets and all the odd little statistical demons they had to slay--not winning a Thursday afternoon game until 1964, stuff like that. It's nice to be the anti-Mets for once.
I believe the last time the Pirates were 25+ games over .500 at game 113 was 1972, when they were 27 up at this point (!).