If a time traveler from six months in the future approached me, I would be curious about a great many things, most of them not involving sports.

However, I would make sure to inquire about how the 2018 Pirates season turned out before this visitor decided to converse with actual interesting people. You see, as I sat down this week to consider what I expected to happen this year, I realized I would believe a wide variety of outcomes.

Eighty-eight wins and a berth in the wild card game? Optimistic as all get out, but not entirely implausible with all the players on the front sides of their primes.

Seventy-two wins and a season-long fight to stay out of the National League Central cellar? Considering the trajectory of the franchise over the past two years and the competition, I would...

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