Nine days ago, I wrote the following in this space:
The Pirates now face ten games against three really good teams - the Tigers, Nationals, and Braves. These ten games, I think, are going to tell us a lot about just how meaningful the following five weeks of the season will be for the Buccos.
Well, nine of those ten games have been played and the Pirates have a record of 2-7 to show for it. At best (assuming that they will beat the Braves tonight), they will be only three games over .500 at the conclusion of this ten game stretch, and they could well be only one game over break even. They will then have only 35 games remaining in the season, and 21 of those games will be against the Brewers, Cardinals, and Reds, against whom the Bucs have complied a 13-26 record so far in 2014.
I am thinking that at this point, merely playing .500 for the season will be a severe challenge for this team. There are a lot of reasons WHY this team is where they are right now. If you have any interest in this subject at all, you're familiar with them and you've heard them a million times already, so I'll spare you.
Just saying that perhaps it's time we adjust our expectations for the '14 Buccos.