In tonight's game story, James Santelli broke down the great homestand the Pirates just had, and how impressive it was that they beat three teams who look like they'll be heading to the playoffs this year. I thought about following up on that by looking back at what I've said over the last two years when the Pirates started to look promising.
There have been times in each of the last two years where the Pirates have beaten big opponents. In 2011 it was the series against the Red Sox in late June. Last year it was beating teams like St. Louis and San Francisco in late June and early July. In each season they moved into first place in mid-July, and in each season they saw a huge collapse in the second half.
Because of that, it's impossible to make any long-term projections about the Pirates competing. Last year you could point to the 2011 collapse and talk about how unlikely that would be again in 2012. In a logical world you can point to the 2011 collapse and the 2012 collapse and...
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