This is how the first half of the season comes to a close: with a 2 1/2 hour rain delay that puts Charlie Morton on the shelf after just two innings and 22 pitches. With five perfect Vin Mazzaro innings in relief of Morton. With Justin Wilson, Bryan Morris, Jason Grilli, and Mark Melancon all following Mazzaro's masterful work with scoreless innings of their own. With Tony Watson dominating the Brewers over three perfect innings, striking out four hitters. With Andrew McCutchen lasering a single just over Jean Segura's glove with two outs in the eight inning to tie the game at one. With the Pirates threatening all over in the ninth and 13th innings before Gaby Sanchez and Russell Martin used seeing-eye singles in the 14th to finally put the Pirates ahead.
With the Pirates on a nine-game winning streak and a 51-30 record that is the best in baseball.
This seasons feels like it could really happen. The last two seasons felt premature to hope for something really great to occur. The let down didn't help but 2011 and 2012 were too soon anyways. Like mom and dad saying you can open a present the day before Christmas - and it being socks or something. It wasn't Christmas yet, so we knew we shouldn't expect anything, but the joy of opening a present just took over. Thinking you should get a present before Christmas is an unrealistic expectation anyways - so the letdown over the socks is partially our own fault for getting too excited too soon. The Pirates are like that. I think a lot of people (probably most people who read this blog I would venture to guess) did not feel like we had been waiting for 2011 or 2012. Back in 2009 and 2010 we were always waiting for 2013. Now, this is the season we have all been waiting for finally!
Visiting http://www.baseballprospectus.com/odds/ today is like Christmas morning
This is all just a fun time. There is no way a team should be coming from behind this much, and winning as many one run games as they have, but they are and it is exciting as hell to watch.
@LastingsMilledgeville Yes. Ron Roenicke is now officially Dave Kerwin's little bitch.