This season has been such an unexpected whirlwind of success, that some of the stats behind it might be getting lost.
I'll start off by asking a simple question. What is the Pirate record for HRs by a centerfielder? McCutchen with 18 of them has to be looking great to break the record. McLouth hit 26 in 2008. Van Slyke hit 25 in 1988. Giles had two seasons (99 and 00) where B-R lists him as our starting CF. Although he hit 39 and 35 in those two seasons, I know that not all of those came as a centerfielder. So what number is Cutch shooting for to break the record?
The success of Burnett and McDonald has been unprecedented in recent Pirate history, but it also brings light to several ugly streaks that need to end.
Here are some facts about the win totals of Pirate starters over the last decade or two:
----Entering 2012, two of the four previous seasons (08 and 10) failed to see the Pirate have a single 10 game winner.
----From 2000-11, a span of a dozen seasons, the Pirates only had two pitchers who won more than 12 games in a season (Gorzo with 14 in 07 and Snell had 14 in 06).
----The Pirates have only had one 15 game winner in the last 19 seasons (Todd Ritchie in 99).
----Since the 92 season, the Pirates have only had two seasons where they had multiple pitchers win 12+ games (02 had Fogg and Wells each win 12 and the 99 season saw Ritchie win 15 and Schmidt)
----The Pirates have gone 21 years since having a pitcher win more than 15 games in a season (Smiley won 20 and Zane won 16)
With J-Mac at 9 wins and AJ at 10, all five of these incomprehensibly bad streaks seem in danger.