It's been a funny season.  Coming in to the year, people expected 100 losses.  A 72-90 season would have been seen as a good step in the right direction.  If I would have been able to promise you a 75 win season this year, following a 105 loss season last year, the optimism for the future would have been pretty high.

I talked the other day about the many ends to the 2011 season.  Every time the Pirates have struggled this year, people have been quick to call the struggles the beginning of the end of the season.  There's no doubt that the current struggles are the worst of the year.  The Pirates are 1-9 in their last ten games, including a seven game losing streak that took them from a 54-49 record, and 1.5 games out of first place, to a 54-56 record, and 7 games out of first.  Naturally...

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