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Pirates move into first place in NL Central

Posted on: July 15, 2011 11:47 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 11:56 pm
 
Neil WalkerBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Just because I can, I'm going to type this sentence -- the Pittsburgh Pirates are in first place.

And it's true. Wait, it gets better. It's July 15 and the Pirates and the Cleveland Indians are in first place. Who had that at the beginning of the year?

The Pirates beat the Astros behind a shutout from Jeff Karstens, while the Brewers fell to the Rockies and the Reds topped the Cardinals. With Friday's results the Pirates lead the Cardinals by just percentage points -- .5275 to .5269. Milwaukee is a half-game back of the leaders, with the Reds three games back.

I touched on this the other day, but the Pirates are the season's best story and could break the franchise's streak of 18 consecutive losing seasons. The team started off hot then faded a bit, but have hung around and are now 48-43 on the season.

The Indians used two-run homers by Asdrubal Cabrera and Grady Sizemore to send the Orioles to their ninth straight loss. Cleveland broke its tie with the Tigers when the White Sox put five runs on Justin Verlander for an 8-2 victory in Detroit.

We'll see if either team is there at the end, but at this point, who cares? It's after the All-Star break and the Indians and Pirates are in first place and that's just awesome.

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hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 7:55 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:55 am
 

Pirates move into first place in NL Central

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Since: Jul 12, 2009
Posted on: July 16, 2011 1:48 pm
 

Pirates move into first place in NL Central

Where's Farmer Ted?



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: July 16, 2011 1:48 pm
 

Pirates move into first place in NL Central

I feel like most fans of teams in the Central would say if their team doesn't win the division, they'd like to see the Pirates win it.... If the Cards can't close it out, I want the Pirates to take it, it's a great story



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: July 16, 2011 1:45 pm
 

Pirates move into first place in NL Central

Seriously...It's great to see all the love come our way as Pirates fans!! It's been a long time a coming and Pirates fans do appreciate everything!!



Since: Apr 2, 2010
Posted on: July 16, 2011 12:02 pm
 

Pirates move into first place in NL Central

Hey Its great to see that the Reds are doing well also. Would be nice to see the Bucs and Reds competing for the World Series just like in the 90's! Phillips had those Cardinal fams crying last night with that walk off homerun!



Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: July 16, 2011 11:56 am
 

Pirates move into first place in NL Central

Dear Pirates,  You guys deserve it!!!!  Keep it up
Best Regards....a Met's fan living in Philly :(




Since: Jul 16, 2011
Posted on: July 16, 2011 11:40 am
 

Pirates move into first place in NL Central

Big Reds fan here but it is awesome the Bucs have risen from the depths. All the best to the Steel City.



Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: July 16, 2011 11:26 am
 

Pirates move into first place in NL Central

Enjoy First Place for now Pirates. You deserve it but I do believe Cards will be making a move for a Pitcher to get McClellen back in to releif position where he is needed and Cards will win the division.



Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: July 16, 2011 10:45 am
 

Pirates move into first place in NL Central

I'm a Brewers fan and I think this is wonderful.  As long as it's not the last day of the season, the Pirates being in first place is great for small market, struggling franchises.  We definately feel a kinship with the Pirates.


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