The Balks of August
Who knew the Pirates were destined to emulate the 1973 Mets, but in a perversely opposite kind of way. For a few days at mid-season the Pirates were at least tied for first place. For a few hours, and it really was just a few hours, they were indeed there all by themselves atop the NL Central. Could they really drop from first to last so quickly? OK, it seems unlikely they will really drop below Houston, but even if they don't we are on the verge of an epic choke.
We are now well entrenched in the pachinko path that is mostly indistinguishable from any of the last 19 (it's actually 17 and two half seasons of course) seasons. Sad, but true.