PIRATES BACK TO .500 MARKET SQUARE RALLY TO FOLLOW

The Pirates have won four games in a row.

Pedro Alvarez looks like he’s starting to come around.

Their starting pitching is looking as good as it ever has.

And the Pirates are a .500 team.

Where do they go from here? Will they make a surge like last season and spend some time in first place?

It’s Memorial Day. I’m too tired to look it up, but I’m guessing that there have been very few Memorial Days in the last 20 years when they’ve been above .500.

Let’s give this group some credit for not being as pathetic as most of the teams of the last 20 years have been, but let’s hold off on the parades and the celebrations over getting back to .500

Sorry, but .500 still stinks. The only thing that this team has proven is that it can look pretty good in spurts.

The trick is not to get tricked into drawing too many conclusions from the spurts- including the bad ones.

Last year I said let’s wait until July and by then they were in first place and people were buying “I Was A Pirates Fan Before It Was Cool” t-shirts.

I said then that it was all about the 162. It still is. They proved that last year by tanking worse than any team in MLB history.

I’ll give you this: It could be worse.

  • Paul

    Personally, after 19 years, I love watching Lucy (the Pirates) pull the football away from Charlie Brown (the fans) year after year.

  • Tim

    Dejan had a couple of interesting stats today. 1) That the Pirates threw chance have faced a disproportionate amount of other teams #1 and # 2 starters and 2) They are 23-10 when the score 2 or more runs. If they get a little luck and face more of other team’s back end starters its not inconceivable to think the offense could have a mini-break out.

    Combine that with starting pitching that is less likely to collapse this year, (due to the ability of Burnett, McDonald and Bedard to strike out hitters) its much less likely that they will collapse this year. Too early to break out a parade but I’ll definitely watch the games.

  • chris

    Looks like the posters are savoring it b/c no one has commented

  • Dan

    I’m with you John. It’s a nice story right now, as it was for a while last year, but there’s a lot of games left to be played.

    I’m enjoying this for now, but I won’t get too excited unless they’re in it in August or September.

    Enjoy it while you can, because it could all come crashing down if the pitching falters.

  • Fred

    Are you able to enjoy anything in your hate filled world? I think I will don my Pedro Alvarez jersey and cheer on the Buccos tonight at PNC Park. You can stay cooped up bashing the Pirates and another daily update on a presidential poll that means nothing right now. And I’m a card carrying Republican.

    You, like few others would rather be right that enjoy any winning by the Buccos. That is truly sad. Stop obsessing. Take the grandkids to a game. Who knows, pull on a Pirates shirt. Maybe even enjoy a beer. Nah…. that won’t happen.

    Smell the roses once in a while.

    • John Steigerwald

      I enjoy lots of things. I don’t enjoy someone pissing down my back and telling me it’s raining.

  • Dr. Phibes

    Stag is just playing the straw man game. I haven’t heard any Pirate fans planning any parades or market square rallys. A better example of fans jumping the gun would be Pens fans (and media types) who were ready to coronate them before the playoffs started.

    By the way, what happened to this great hockey town we live in? In early April, there was a lot of chest-thumping about the greatness that is the NHL playoffs, hardest championship to win, greatest time of the year, etc. Yet since the Pens lost, its hard to catch even a whisper about what is happening in the playoffs, let alone anyone actually watching the games. Its almost as if the locals aren’t really hockey fans but are only fans of the Pens when they win. But that couldn’t be true……………

    • John Steigerwald

      No different from any other sport. NHL stupidity has their most important games being played in the Summer. Steelers fans wouldn’t be watching ot talking about the Ravens and the Patriots if they had played last weekend.

      • Frank

        I’m not exactly sure what the Penguins have to do with the Pirates recent string of success (odd), but I’ll gladly take watching Anze Kopitar on the big stage. I also enjoyed watching the IIHF and the Memorial Cup this year.

        I can only speak for myself, but I just don’t feel the need to pick up the phone and call “The Fan” or “The Nightly Sports Call” and discuss (or “whisper”) hockey with the Vinnie’s, Pompeani’s, Rand’s or Zeise’s of the world. Why would I? I doubt I’m the only hockey fan in this city who doesn’t feel the urge.

        On that note, Styx and Boyz II Men are coming to PNC Park? Fireworks and two bands that were popular thirty years ago? The yinzer anthem (renegade) to be played for the millionth time in this city?

        That Bob Nutting spoils us to no end.

    • a-dawg

      Sorry Doc….but I’ve been watching them all along. Greatest sport going.