Life after Littlefield: Pirates lose last night and will miss the playoffs for the 20th straight season.

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And that will do it for the 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates.  After their 6-0 loss last night to the Mets, they were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.  So at least one streak will continue, as the Pirates will miss out on the postseason for the 20th consecutive year.  But the Pirates still do have a chance to break their streak of 19 straight losing seasons and that is what the rest of this post will be about because quite frankly, you could probably guess the box score from last night’s 6-0 at this point in the season.

Right now the Pirates are 76-79 and currently losing the Mets right now.  Looking at just that record, the Pirates need to go 6-1 the rest of the season.  They have not done that well over a 7 game span since July 2nd through July 8th.  And that was when they were just starting to get on a roll.  McCutchen’s average wasn’t even close to its peak.  Pedro had just started to turn his season around at the plate.  And AJ was still in the Cy Young conversation with a record of 10-2.

With that said, the odds of the Pirates breaking the streak are extremely unlikely. Not only because going 6-1 is incredibly hard, but because the Pirates have been completely terrible of late and they play the Reds and Braves to finish up the season.  It just isn’t going to happen.  So the Pirates will have to look towards next year to try and break their losing streaks.  With the help of their recently reported returning front office, the Pirates will hope 2013 is the year the losing ends.