The hometown nine likely sealed their fate in Houston, but just finishing in the neighborhood of 80-85 wins, while briefly threatening for a Wild Card, should be considered a minor miracle.
Beerleaguer: I’m loathe to write another Monday morning funeral, which would be like the 10th this season, so instead, we count our blessings that a Carlos Ruiz career year and general post-All Star improvements in the field and on the bump have been enough to keep us captivated, all the way through Sept. 17. It’s a season in which an “adequate” Jimmy Rollins will lead the team in most offensive categories due to sheer attrition. They traded two-thirds of their starting outfield. Their most established player coming into the season, Roy Halladay, hasn’t been himself this entire campaign. The closest he came to a perfect game was on Opening Day, and even then we noticed something was off. He labored, again, in Sunday’s loss. Cole Hamels: good, not great. Cliff Lee: good, not great. Defense: below average. Bullpen: inexperienced. Lineup: old and IronPiggish.
They’ve swallowed all that poison and they’re still, technically, in the mix, with an excellent chance to finish above .500, a milestone Pittsburgh fans haven't seen in nearly two decades.
Tune in tonight: I'm talking Wild Card tonight at 7 p.m. on 610-WIP with Brian Startare.