I'm very curious what the outcome of this scenario will be and what the priority of most fans on here is.
Let's say in 2010 the Pirates continue this trend of fortunate one run games, they also continue to get stellar performance from the bullpen, a boost from the guys in AAA, and a solidified rotation going into the second half. The pirates go on an 8 game winning streak to end the season, finishing 82-80, 17 years over with. Guys like Cutch, Tabata, Andy, Lincoln, Pedro and the rest of the core produce nicely in this season and look to be the cornerstone of the future.
Now let's say in 2010 the Pirates completely fall apart. The rotation is barely functional, the bullpen collapses from being overworked, the defense continues to stink, coupled with some tough luck losses and a long 12 game losing streak, the Pirates finish 62-100, the worst in the Majors by one game. However, the core players mentioned above Cutch, Tabata, Andy, Lincoln, and Pedro (basically, the future), all held their own and developed well, despite the rest of the team being a complete disaster.
Which situation is more desirable? On one hand, the streak we have all had to hear about and endure has finally been broken, and we go into 2011 feeling great about our ballclub. We feel that the playoffs may only be a year away, but at the same time, realize how lucky we were this season and the bullpen may not be anywhere near as dominant next year. On the other hand, another terrible season, but with a glimmer of hope. The core is playing great, which is all that really matters right now anyways, right? In addition we have the draft rights to as sure of a prospect as they come in Rice SS Anthony Rendon. We may feel it's a blessing in disguise after being so terrible, but not terrible enough to hit on Strasburg or Harper.
So, which do you choose?