Carolina Bucco wrote on Sep 12

^{th}, 2018 at 4:22pm:

This series with the Cardinals pretty much summarizes the Pirates season and the frustration of being a Pirates fan.

* Completely control and out-play the Cardinals 2 of 3.

* Win 1 of 3.

The Pirates have had so many series like that this year. Just blowing games left and right. I think back to the series in Milwaukee a few weeks back, the "walk the opposing pitcher in the 15th inning game." If the Pirates hadn't botched that game completely, they would have won 2 of 3 instead of 1 of 3.

So many losses like that. Add'em all up and just win SOME of them, and this team could easily be 9 games over .500 instead of 1 game under.

**The mark of a bad team** ... so many in excusable (and costly) losses.

Not so sure about the mark of a bad team. I'd prefer, looks like a team that is learning to win.

We're a pretty interesting mix of fairly experienced players and young guys. Remember that to start the season this board was freaking out over the rotation. Now, going into 2019, they look to be our strength. That's what a full year of MLB experience and growth does.

And the bullpen, for the most part, has come a long way. Crick and Santana both played major roles. Rodriguez surprised everyone. All were first full season players. And adding Kela looks to really solidify the pen. Right now we are giving a few relief guys a chance to prove themselves, and it costs us. But we look to be solid in 2019.

Pitching has come a long ways. This is a much better team in a lot of ways than the one that started the season. I don't think it's a "bad" group either.

Honestly, some of these losses remind me of the 2012 Pirates when we were all so anxious to break the losing streak. Lots of frustrating losses that year. But we had a lineup that really grew into 2013.