I don't comment much here (more of a Twitter guy) but I wrote something for The Classical about the first half. It is not a jinx, or at least that's what I'm telling myself. At the time I wrote it I hadn't looked at the second half schedule or realize how nerve-jangling it would be since we seem to only play the Reds and Cardinals, with short respites against the Cubs.
You can read it at http://theclassical.org/articles/not-jinxing-the-pittsburgh-pirates
Thanks and I apologize if this sort of self-promotion or out-linking is frowned upon.