Pirates a legit contender?
The Pirates, baseball's best? Entering Thursday's games, they were tied atop the NL Central with the Cardinals at an MLB-best 48-30. Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez are sparking Pittsburgh at the plate, while NL saves leader Jason Grilli, Jeff Locke and rookie Gerrit Cole lead the pitching staff.
But will it last? The past two seasons, the Pirates raised hopes with winning records in the first half, only to stumble badly in August. Will this year's team avoid a summer swoon and make the playoffs for the first time in 21 seasons? Vote below!