You Still Gotta Believe

Without a doubt, the Pirates are going through some tough times right now. They’ve lost five of their last six games. They are six games out of first place. Andrew McCutchen hit .150 (3 for 20) over the last five games.

However, there is still reason to have faith in the Bucs. In fact, they’d still clinch a playoff berth if the season ended today, as they hold the second wild card spot.

Could the Pirates fall out of contention? Of course. Will they? Who knows. But as Cutch tweeted on Tuesday night, this season has been too good to give up now. Hopefully the Bucs won’t go down without a fight and play their hearts out for the next month and a half.

Dejan Kovacevic’s Wednesday column, which is titled “Why not just enjoy these Pirates?”, is spot on. The fact that they are still in playoff contention in mid-August is unreal. Just two years ago, this was a franchise that lost 105 games. Many had predicted another losing season and around 72 to 78 wins. Now that they have played solid baseball and are on pace to finally have a winning season, why not enjoy it?

Of course it will be disappointing if the Bucs fall out of the race. Fans have the right to be upset if they don’t make the playoffs. But there is plenty of time to make up ground and get on the right track. If they fall short, then they fall short. They’ll still probably win 82 games and will exceed the preseason expectations.

We strongly believe that McCutchen will start ripping the cover off the ball again and more timely hitting will come throughout the lineup. We still have faith in the bullpen and know that the starting pitching can provide some clutch performances. You still gotta believe in the Bucs.

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