Morning cup: The best modern Bucs team ever?
From the pits to the pinnacle, in a three-year flash? These Bucs could very well pull it off.
Could this be the best Pirates team, in terms of wins, of the modern era — for present purposes, “modern” being since Thomas Edison, the Steve Jobs of his time, gave the first demonstration of motion picture with sound, in 1910?
Short answer: Yes.
The 1979 World Champs and the 1991 Division Champs both posted 98 victories, the franchise high since the original Naughts — the 1909 and 1903 Bucs won 110 and 103, respectively.
To get to 99, today’s Pirates will have to play .636 ball (28-16) the rest of the way.
Sound tough? Well, they have been playing .652 ball the last three months, going 58-31 since May 9.
Paces tend to lie even more often than some statistics, so it may not happen. But is is a very real possibility — and only three seasons after the end of that losing cycle, a remarkable testament to Bob Nutting, Neal Huntington, Clint Hurdle and a clubhouse-full of players pulling on the same end of the rope.