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First Pitch: The Expectations Have Changed

First Pitch: The Expectations Have Changed

Remember when all we talked about over the off-season was whether the Pirates would improve on their win total from 2011 season? Here we are on September 6th, and they've matched that win total. They're a lock for improvement from the 2011 record. Yet Pirates fans aren't talking about the improvement.

Remember when the only thing people focused on was breaking the losing streak? It reached irrational levels, to the point where people wanted to make trades just to get to 82 wins. The Pirates only need to go 10-16 over their remaining games to finish above .500. And that seems to be an afterthought.

Coming in to the year, the expectations were on lesser "goals". I use that word loosely because improving over a previous year's record or finishing over .500 aren't goals. They're just checkpoints on the way to the real goal: contending. Most Pirates fans didn't expect the team to contend until top prospects like Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon arrived. But now they are contenders, maybe a...

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