At the start of the 2011 season, I did my annual "Things to Watch For" article, where I point out a certain number of things to watch for in the upcoming season.  The number always coincides with the consecutive losing streak, and is always with the theme that these are the things to watch, rather than watching the next consecutive losing season.

We've talked a lot about what a surprise this year is.  To really illustrate how surprising this year has been, take a look at the opening lines from this year's version of the article:
The idea that the Pirates will go from a 105 loss team to an 82+ win team is far fetched, especially with the current pitching staff.  That doesn’t mean we won’t see improvements.

Seeing improvements from a 105 loss season is very easy to do.  The biggest qu...

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