PITTSBURGH — Everyone loves a good break-up song.

A decent guitar riff combined with an I’ll-show-you-how-much-better-I-can-be attitude is a dynamite combination for a hit song.

A personal favorite of mine is “Better Off Without You” by The Clarks, and it’s not just because I’m a Pittsburgh kid that went to IUP in the early 2000s.

It’s because it perfectly captures the spirit of being free of a bad relationship, at least for me.

“I’m having fun and looking out for No. 1 and doing all the things I like to do. I’m having fun because I knew it all along: I’d be better off without you.”

Happily married, I haven’t had the need for a breakup song for quite some time, but I found it a fitting metaphor for a phenomenon regarding the Pirates pitchers as of late.

Or more accurately...

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