Countdown to a Pirates winning season: Five more wins

As has been ridiculously well documented, the Pittsburgh Pirates hold the longest streak in the history of professional sports in not posting a winning season. The last time they did so was in 1992, the days of Barry Bonds, Andy Van Slyke, Doug Drabek and Jim Leyland.

Well, after a blowout win Wednesday night, the Pirates are this many wins away from toppling the streak of futility:

Sure, Josh Harrison isn't the best Pirates player to ever wear No. 5 (Arky Vaughan, anyone?), but he had a huge game Wednesday and got things started in the first inning by singling and coming around to score. So we'll give him the spotlight.

(Plus, I couldn't find any pictures of Vaughan where a five was visible)

With 30 games to play, the Pirates would have to lose 26 of 30 to not end up with a winning record. So it's just a formality. The focus of the team is instead on winning the NL Central, where they trail the Cardinals by a half-game. They lead the Reds by three games for the top wild card spot. So if this is how things end, the Pirates would get a home playoff game in PNC Park for the first time ever.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last five World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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