Ten Reasons To Believe in the Pittsburgh Pirates

Don't mess with Chairman Lees' money


The Pittsburgh Pirates success the rest of the way will be attributed to an absence of fear.  We think there are some reasons to believe the season is far from over, despite their current funk.


The Pittsburgh Pirates will win again.  Write it down.

Lyle Overbay is gone.

Derrek Lee is playing for another contract following the season.  It’s important that he finishes strong so that he gets another payday.  Don’t discount that motivation the rest of the way.

Ryan Ludwick is playing for another contract following the…..  (oh, just see above)




Neil Walker has reduced his strikeouts each month (27 in April, 20 in May, 18 in June, 14 in July.)  He has been making solid contact for well over a month.  He is hitting .381 in his past ten which isn’t sustainable, but Walker has been impressive and wants nothing more than to win.  Whatever the cost.

Someone needs to take the 2012 shortstop job and a strong season ending performance from Ronny Cedeno/Chase d’Arnaud wouldn’t hurt. 

Pedro Alvarez is Pedro Alvarez.  He’s 24.   I believe.  You might want to as well.

Andrew McCutchen isn’t hitting shit in his past ten games.  Do you think he will hit .216 the rest of the year?

Michael McKenry is hitting well in his past ten games.  It’s not likely to continue (.207 vs lefties won’t help him,) and Ryan Doumit coming back has positives and negatives, but what if McKenry continues to shine and can keep Doumit ( and his inability to throw out runners) in a limited role?

The scouts.  Especially the one that found Michael McKenry.

This Pirates team knows they have something to prove against the Brewers.

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You’re right, we didn’t talk about pitching.  We’re still pissed about the trade deadline, that’s why.

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  • mean gene

    The Bucs know the ‘burghs media more interested in Steelers. So, why try?

  • cocktailsfor2

    Not sure if serious?

  • mean gene


  • cocktailsfor2

    @mean gene

    Why try?

    WHY TRY?

    That’s one of the more inane comments I’ve seen on the web lately.

    The PGH media is focused on the Steelers, so the Pirate player shouldn’t bother trying…

    Yeah. Okaaayyyy….

    To quote a certain former Pirate – “Rewind yourself.”

  • JBubs

    Call me a dittohead, Tom. A solid analysis.

  • mean gene


    I’ve watxhed a lot of baseball and since the Steelers camp has opened the Bucs have lost that bounce that was there. Otherwise. its just coincedence and it would have happened regardless of other events.

  • cocktailsfor2

    @mean gene

    “…its just coincedence [sic] and it would have happened regardless of other events.”


    We all know that this team wasn’t gonna take the Division, and that the pitching was due to regress / get tired (Hello, Mr. Correia!)…

    The “not try” ?

    I doubt very seriously that these kids would just say, “Aww, fuggit.”