A.J. Burnett will attempt to sweep the Rangers tomorrow. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

The Pirates came into this series against the Texas Rangers fresh off a four game losing streak. They were swept by the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend, and fell 1.5 games out of first place. Naturally, they would have been lucky to win one game against the Texas Rangers. The six games against the Reds at the end of the season would also be difficult. They would need to pad the win column against the Cubs and Padres, except there's only so many games they could be expected to win, despite the Cubs and Padres being bad teams.

The 2014 schedule came out today, featuring the Pirates playing the AL East and the Detroit Tigers in interleague play next year. That's difficult for the Pirates, since the...

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