I don't want to jinx these guys, but they're pretty much the hottest team in baseball and have the 4th best record in the league going into the All Star break.
They have pitching. And maybe an MVP candidate in McCuthchen - 1st in Average, 3 in RBIs, 4th in Homeruns, and 3rd in Runs. It's been ages since we've seen a season like this out of a Pirate and he's been on fire the last month.
Last year, I was hopeful for the Buccos. Then I went to my first game in Atlanta and they lost in 19 innings and their season fell apart from there. I figure if I avoid seeing them play, maybe they can win the World Series this year. That'd be cool if the Pirates won a championship before the Pens and Steelers. Who'da thunk that woulda been possible.
How cool is it to be a Pittsburgh fan? We might have arguably the best player in every major sport - Ben/Troy/Harrison, Crosby/Malkin, and McCutchen.