The Pirates want to win. Don't let anyone tell you different.

This 11-4 stretch isn't just a happy accident, but what might be an early best case scenario in their intentions to win this year.

When they won from 2013-15, it wasn't just a lucky stretch that they happened to stumble onto. And when they weren't winning in 2016-17, or anytime before 2013, the main goal was winning.

That often gets contested, and a narrative grows about how the team doesn't really care about winning. Arguments are made that the team takes a relaxed approach toward winning, and that their main goal is making money first.

I've looked at the other side of those arguments, and I see where people are getting that idea. The problem is that people are often confusing a questionable strategy with a lack of ...

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