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The Pittsburgh Pirates sit at 65-72 as of this writing.

With 25 games left in a trying season, the club should have but one goal and one goal only. And, no, it has nothing to do with “the kids” or “development” at all.

They must win 16 games. 17 would be nice, but 16 would at a minimum. Feel free to place your bets over at Netbet Sport.

If your math is correct, 16 wins over the team’s final 25 contests would put their final record at 81-81. 17 wins ensures 82 wins and a winning season.

If you don’t think those two figures are important, you would likely find yourself in the minority. The Streak still resonates loudly for many Pittsburgh Pirates fans, and avoiding a second consecutive season with a losing record would go a long way towards assuaging many fears in the team’s fan base. It can also stave off the apathy that has clearly crept into view, evidenced by the team’s attendance totals.

This team has been up-and-down all season long, and it is difficult to see them play .680 baseball the rest of the way.

Let us know what YOU think about finishing .500 or above. Does it matter to you at all?

Spot starts for everyone!

In his radio show yesterday, Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington hinted that the club will likely employ spot starts from young hurlers to guard against fatigue and ineffectiveness from their starting rotation. We already know that Ivan Nova is going to be skipped for at least one start, but Huntington gave us a clear sign that more can be on the way with this quote:

The truth is three-fifths of our starting rotation is struggling to some degree. We’ve had success in unplugging players at the right time in the past, so I expect that would continue, whether that means getting Steve Brault a spot start, Tyler Glasnow a spot start, or even a six-man rotation. We’re weighing our options.

While it is highly unlikely that a six-man rotation would be put in place, I would expect to see Tyler Glasnow up for a start as soon as the Indianapolis Indian’s Triple-A playoffs are over. If he performs well, he would likely get another start.

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Jason Rollison

Jason Rollison has been analyzing baseball and the Pirates in one way or another for 4+ years. Jason's previous stops include rumbunter.com, Pittsburgh Sporting News, Call To The Pen and several print publications. He also covers the State College Spikes for the Centre County Gazette (State College, PA) When it comes to analyzing baseball, he likes to take a middle-of-the-road approach, with one foot on the analytics side of the fence and the other on the old-school side. Having said that, he is a sucker for pitchf/x. Jason has appeared as a phone-in and in-studio guests in numerous outlets, including Trib Live Radio and 93.7 The Fan (CBS Sports Radio)