Writing about Pirates/Astros games at this point in the season is hard, because on one hand I want to say things like, "the Pirates got big performances from unlikely sources tonight with Gaby Sanchez and Alex Presley dragging the offense along behind them while Kevin Correia turned in a strong start to get the Pirates a series win that seemed a million miles away on Monday," and on the other hand all I really want to say is "thank goodness we didn't lose a series to the freaking Astros."
As I type this it's already September 6th. September 6th will both begin and end with the Pirates 1 1/2 games out of a playoff spot. The Pirates play the Cubs this weekend, the Cardinals play the Brewers, the Dodgers play the Giants. Nothing is as impossible as it seems.
I want them to win number 82 at home, which means at worst they can go 7-3 in their next ten. That's three against the Cubs, three against the Reds, and another four against the Cubs.
So..uh..how many wins do the Pirates need for a winning season? 82? I mean of course, I want them to have a fantastic season, wild card and all that but if they get a winning season and break the streak then all is good.
They need to win 10 out of the next 26 and looking at the past few weeks and the upcoming schedule it will be nip and tuck. In August they went 2-9 against the Padres and Brewers. If they take better advantage of having 14 games against the Cubs, Mets and Astros in September then they can make it.
@wkkortas Oh no, no, please..don't think I meant that they should stop at 82! Not by a long shot. :D
I just meant okay they have to get to x amount of games for it to be considered successful, not that they should stop x and then just plain suck.
Trust me, I want a post-season. I'm only 28 years old. I can barely remember now the last time we heard "how good are the pirates, steelers, pens" in the same sentence. I want that back.