Most people are surprised to hear that Baseball is an individual sport. No other sport has a true one-on-one
situation as Baseball has with the pitcher and the batter. A baseketball, football or even hockey player can keep
their "awesomeness" going for a full season, yet a baseball player has many ups and downs. Well, everyone not
playing 1B for the Cards. Baseball is a game of streaks. Players get hot, and its a hot streak. They get cold, and...
you get the picture. Neil Walker is having one of these amazing hot streaks as we speak; 14 game hitting streak.
Tabata is doing the same. Soon these players will hit a wall and the dreaded cold streak will start. It happens.
Now baseball TEAMS also have streaks. The team will catch fire, such as the Reds, or completely fold up for a
the Pirates top WINNING streak this season is 3 games. The last time the team won more than 3 games in a
row was last August 17-22. I have been a baseball fan for decades, and I've never seen a team not win 4 games
in a row for an entire season. I believe streaks, the winning kind, are the product of a team learning to win
together. Youth could be the major reason why a winning streak has not been produced, or maybe even the
obvious pitching deficiencies played a major role. Momentum should be attained by playing the "core"
regularly, but with the September callups I just don't see that happening. But its okay. This is a learning
process with our core. We have seen some very good play from the youth the last month or so. Maybe a
streak, the good kind, is around the corner.