Pirates first in 100 club
Posted on: September 24, 2010 11:45 pm
The inevitable caught up to the Pirates on Friday, as they failed to put together the 10-game winning streak they'd have needed to avoid 100 losses.
In losing 10-7 to Houston, Pittsburgh cemented its first 100-loss season since 2001 and the eighth in franchise history. But take comfort, Pirates fans, this isn't the worst club the City of Bridges has seen -- the Pirates lost 100-plus in a 154-game season three straight years from 1952-54, and the 1890 Pittburgh Alleghenys (who would the next year rename themselves the Pirates) went an amazing 23-113.
Only three other teams have yet to win their 63rd game this season. The Orioles have 61 and the Diamondbacks 62. The only team with a significant chance to join the Pirates in the 100-loss club this season is the Mariners, who are 58-95 and would need to win five of their final nine games (most of which are against division leaders) to avoid losing 100 for the second time in three years.
-- David Andriesen
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