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A winning record isn't enough for Pirates this year

Every Pirates fan wants to see an end to the streak.

But, after posting the second-best record in baseball in the first half, is simply finishing with a winning record enough?

For me, the answer is no.

For all the smoke-and-mirrors on offense, I won't be satisfied with a winning record.

The Pirates have done too much in the first half where anything short of the playoffs will be a letdown.

In fact, a wild-card berth isn't so hot either.

In the revised playoff format, the wild card is simply a play-in game to the playoffs. Win, and you move on, lose or have a bad break or bad call, and the season's over.

I want a division title.

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