STRIKE ONE -- THE BUCCOS STOP HEREHere at Three Strikes, we don't mean to pick on the Pittsburgh Pirates. But Yikes. What a week they've had. In fact, you could make a case that no team has had a week this rough in over a century. And, by a remarkable coincidence, Three Strikes is about to prove it. Here goes: • Over the last week, the Pirates have gone 0-7 -- which is painful enough. But in the process, they've gotten outscored by (ready for this?) 60 runs (72-12). In one week! Now gang, that is really, really, really hard to do. It's so hard in fact, that, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last team to do it was (ready again?) Algie McBride's 1901 New York Giants. That team somehow got outscored, 90-27, over a seven-game span in September in which it lost games by scores of 10-4, 12-6, 10-3, 15-1, 15-7, 15-2 and 13-4. So let's look on the bright side. At least the Pirates haven't given up double-figure runs in seven games in a row. • But of course, they did give up 20 in one game, in that insane 20-0 loss to the Brewers last Thursday. And, as Three Strikes reported Friday, that was the first time any National League team had lost a game by exactly 20-to-zip since 1886. But on either side of that 20-0 game, the Pirates got outscored, 40-1, over a stretch of 33 innings between Tuesday and Friday. And let's just say again: Hard to do, friends.
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