At what point do the Pittsburgh Pirates become contenders?
Is it enough now that they're tied for first place, and have legitimately been in the NL Central race for most of the month?
Do they need to take two out of three games this weekend against the St. Louis Cardinals, followed by strong performances next week against the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies on the road?
Maybe they need to make a big splash or two at the trade deadline, adding a big bat to show that they're serious about winning.
I don't think that any Pirates fan is overlooking the importance of this weekend's series against the Cardinals. I don't think anyone is downplaying the Braves and Phillies next week. However, with the trade deadline coming up, the most important talk among Pirates fans is what the team will do, and who they will add at the deadline. It's to the point where the general feeling is that the Pirates won't be contenders without the addition of a big bat, a strong 8th inning ...
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.