So the Pirates are not goners. They just went 6-1 on a homestand that included a four game sweep of the first place Brewers. This helped them reach .500, leap the Cardinals, and claw to within 3 games of the Brew Crew, but don't forget the Cubs (who have already made a trade to improve) still stand between the Pirates and 1st place.
Everyone had been talking about how important the homestand was to deciding whether to be buyers or sellers. To me that stretch was not just the homestand, but the next 3 games as well. This is on the road against the Rockies.
Now, the Rockies are in the 2nd Wild Card spot, and thus this is another sign of whether or not we belong with teams who are thinking playoffs. The Cards are now a below .500 team, so while it was important to beat them, I think the Rockies are the better judge. Plus, winning on the road may be a little harder than home. After all almost all of these wins were walk offs, which don't happen on the road.
Before I jump back on the hope train, I need to see the Pirates win against the Rockies. I would settle for 2 out of 3. But this will have to be done without Cole and without Taillon, who are going to go against the hapless Giants. Trevor Williams, Chad Kuhl, and Nova have to bring this series home. If they can pull this off, then I will admit they are back in the hunt.
Slightly early gamethread: Taillon faces Arrieta
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