Do pigs fly? Seriously do they? I could have sworn I saw Sus scrofa domesticus cruising past the Hancock Tower in Boston the other day. Just as unimaginable as pigs in the sky is waking up this morning to see the Pittsburgh Pirates tied for the best record in baseball.
That’s right, the Pirates have the best record in all of baseball, tied with the St. Louis Cardinals. As we approach the halfway point of the season the Buccos are playing the best baseball by hitting and pitching their way to the top of the NL Central. Most of the world wasn’t alive the last time the Pirates were 18 games over .500.
They have a superstar player in Andrew McCutchen who’s not even having a superstar season, just a regular good season (.287/.354/.804), but their pitching staff has been lights out with an NL best ERA of 3.20. That’s how you get it done.
This may finally be the Pirates season after their second half fades the past two seasons. Of course we’ve still got a whole half of a season to go, but things are looking pretty good right now for the team from Pittsburgh. If they crash and burn for a third year in a row you’d have to believe that somehow the team is cursed.
A team that’s certainly not cursed would be the Boston Red Sox as they continue to defy pre-season predictions. They’ve still got the lead in the tough AL East, holding a 3.5 game lead due to the slight fade of the Baltimore Orioles and the hated New York Yankees who can’t seem to catch a break this year as Brian Cashman was driven to telling Alex Rodriguez to “shut the f*#!k up.”
Who says baseball isn’t fun. There’s lots of controversy, lots of great plays, lots of heartbreak, lots of interesting ups and downs. Who can deny that this year has so far been filled with tons of great surprises. You’ve got the Cleveland Indians persistently challenging the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central, the defending world champion San Francisco Giants falling behind the sad sack San Diego Padres in the NL West, and Mike Scosia’s LA Angels having another rather mediocre season, sitting 10 games out in the AL West. I doubt the baseball pundits had predicted these events before the season began.
It’s the normal proceedings of a game that is essentially unpredictable. And that’s what makes baseball such a great game. About the only thing everyone got right this year was the Houston Astros and Miami Marlins being baseball’s doormats, but even the Astros have been able to do some damage, and about a month ago had a 6 game winning streak.
So there you have it, if the Astros can win 6 games in a row, pigs can fly.