PITTSBURGH - Well, at least fewer people saw this loss against the Cubs than the last one.
That represents a thinly veiled attempt at context for the Pirates' 7-2 home loss Monday night to the Chicago Cubs, their first crack at them since the 2015 Wild Card Game.
In every year previous to this, a May loss to the Cubs at PNC Park would be treated with an attitude of "ah well, get 'em next time."
Problem is, this year, early season Pirates-Cubs games take on more significance, both in perception and the cold-hard standings, than they have in...
((clicks through Baseball-Reference seasons pages))
... 43 years!
Truly every win or loss has a substantive effect on the Bucs' chances of making the elusive 8-team tournament known as the "real" MLB Playoffs, so every win or loss me...
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James dabbles in the baseballey-writey world. He won the SABR Analytics Conference Research Award for contemporary baseball analysis. It was for that defensive shifts piece, you remember that? Not a huge deal, he also lost a bunch of other awards.
He has also written for NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Sports Report and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins.
By night, James is a television news reporter and weekend anchor for WKBN and WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio. Makes sense, seeing as how his degree from the University of Southern California is in Broadcast Journalism.
James dispenses more bad jokes at his Twitter account, @JamesSantelli. It's there that he promises to write in the first-person.