The general consensus among fans and media following the Pittsburgh Pirates is that there's a large gap between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pirates. The Cardinals are seen as one of the best teams in the National League. They're a team that does everything right, has very few weaknesses, and a team that will coast to winning the NL Central, along with a majority of the games against the Pirates.
Meanwhile, the view on the Pirates is that they will be lucky to win a Wild Card spot, that they've got no chance of competing against the Cardinals, and that there's a huge disparity between the two teams. But do fans and media on the St. Louis side feel the same way?
Over the weekend, I was sent a message from a Cardinals fan on Twitter. The message simply said "how most of Cardinal Nation feels about Pirates", along with a link to a column in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. That column, which can be read here, talks about the Pirates emerging as a worthy rival for the Cardinals.
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.