Normally this is the time of the season where we'd look back at the beginning of the season and determine what went wrong. To do this, I'd take a look at my pre-season preview article, and provide an update on each topic. That usually gave a good idea as to what went wrong with the team. That wasn't the case this year.
The Pittsburgh Pirates finished off their first half with a huge win over the Chicago Cubs yesterday, winning 9-1 to move to 47-43 on the season. To put that in perspective, they didn't win game number 47 until September 7th last year. The Pirates currently sit a game back in the NL Central, trailing the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals. Rather than looking at the veterans the Pirates will be trading away, Pirates fans are looking for the veterans that the team can acquire to help their playoff chances. Playoff chances! Five months ago, the debate was "will they lose 100 games". Now, the debate is "will they add a guy like Carlos Pena?".
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.