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First Pitch: Two Things That Will Keep the Pirates Contending in 2014 and Beyond

First Pitch: Two Things That Will Keep the Pirates Contending in 2014 and Beyond

In previous years, I always opened the season with an article titled "[Number] Things to Watch For in [Year]." The number would always coincide with the consecutive losing streak. If the Pirates had lost 17 years in a row going into a season, then the number that year would be 18. And of course the year was the upcoming season. In the early years during the rebuild, the point of the article was to highlight things to watch for as the Pirates inevitably headed to another losing season. A lot of these things ended up being the progression of prospects through the system, rather than something to follow on the Major League level.

Now that the losing streak is over, I thought about continuing this trend, only by using the winning streak. Technically, one winning season isn't a winning streak. In fact, "winning streak" is best defined by Lou Brown in Major League II:

"We won a game yesterday. If we win one today, that’s two in a row. We win one tomorrow, that’s called a winning streak...

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