Monday windup: Bucs at head of the clinch mob

Here is an advisory Pirates fans could only see in their dreams for many years, from MLB.com’s Cory Schwartz:

“Based on this weekend’s results, the only team that can clinch anything outright tomorrow is Pittsburgh, who can clinch a playoff spot.”

Raise an Iron City to that (the Jolly Roger, later) …

Clicking at the right time? All season, the Bucs have won only two road series after dropping the first game. The last two: Sept. 7-9 in Cincinnati, and this weekend’s set in El Lay. … 

The Bucs took matters into their own hands in the competition for the best home record in MLB by becoming the first visitor in three months to win consecutive games in Dodger Stadium. That dropped the Dodgers’ home record to 50-24, tied with the Cardinals for the best. The Pirates are currently next at 50-25. … 

Trying to describe Jung Ho Kang’s daring baserunning style, Clint Hurdle often said, “Jung Ho thinks he’s invisible.”

Sure enough, I saw Kang right in the middle of the Bucs’ “costume ball” on their way from Los Angeles to Denver. The theme was Superheroes, with everyone from clubhouse maven Scott Bonnett to Hurdle dressed as a crime-fighting character.

And there was Jung Ho … dressed as Invisible Man. .. 

You do know why the Bucs decided to hold Halloween now, don’t you? World Series Game 4: October 31. … 

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Let’s all say a prayer, light a candle, and cross our fingers for John Lamb, a rookie pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds who hasn’t gotten off to the most auspicious of starts, but who has to start tonight against Mr. Garcia at Busch Stadium — a/k/a the Redbirds’ House of Horrors. Talk about winning home records, St. Louis at home is where no one else should ever want to be.

otoh, miracles DO happen. Even if they are, admittedly, somewhat infrequent.

GO BIG RED MACHINE !!! (for now)
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Someone should write a peer-reviewed article: “Why It’s Always More Emotionally Healthy to Root for a Last Place Team.”

Or title it: “Why Being a Fan at All Is Eventually Bad For Your Mental Health.”
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If there’s one thing we’ve learned from modern psychology it’s the asymmetric nature of pain from losses versus pleasure from gains. Given equal expectations of either gain, or loss, (in a risk situation), many studies have shown that loss “hurts” roughly twice as much as gain “satisfies.”
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But if you’re rooting for a habitual last place team, you expect more losses than wins. So the losses don’t “hurt” quite so much and the rare win becomes downright delicious. kewl !!!
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Conversely, if you’re used to rooting for a usually winning team, those numbers are reversed. That is, instead of losses hurting twice as much as winning satisfies (the equilibrium situation with win and loss expectations being equal), a loss (versus a win) becomes even more painful. (Maybe 3:1 versus winning, maybe more.)
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When the Buccos were in the throes of their multi-decade losing streak, I for one took losing a game with a certain degree of fatalistic equanimity. THAT was good for my mental well-being.
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In recent years, however, all that has changed. To the point that if we lose even one game versus the last-place Rockies, I’m gonna be a little bit bummed out.
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It’s knuckle-biting time, boys and girls.
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WE NEED THIS SWEEP !!!
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(Please ???)
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Aw, man . . .

Young Mr. Lamb (for the Reds) almost pulled it off. As they say, close but no cigar . . . And for St. Louis to win, in part, on the shoulders of Stephen Piscotty, another rookie, a 2012 draft pick . . . Bummer.
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So who is going to tell St. Louis that they’re not supposed to use rookies during the final weeks of a pennant run ?? Darn it. They’re not playing fair.
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otoh, sure wish *we* had even one draft pick/position player from the last 6 – 7 years make it to the Majors. Especially, early on, given our relatively high draft picks. But don’t get me started on that, lest I digress.
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I actually watched the last half of the Cardinals’ game instead of the Buccos (who were well ahead by then). Because, by now, if the Cardinals don’t lose, it doesn’t matter how many games the Pirates win.
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Oh no, Mister Bill !!! We’re running out of real estate !!! If someone doesn’t save us soon, it’s over the waterfalls, for sure !!
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Ouch !!!
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Well at the 7-year end of your wish list — Bucs did get Alvarez and Mercer in 2008 Draft.

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