Are the Pirates baseball's best?

The Pirates have long been something of a joke -- ever since Sid Bream slid in ahead of Barry Bonds' throw in Game 7 of the NLCS, the team has struggled to find an identity. That's changed this season. After a two-game sweep of the rival Cardinals, the Pirates are 1.5 games up in the NL Central race and, perhaps more importantly, owners of the best record in all of baseball. Not bad for a team that lost 105 games three seasons ago.

  • Are the Pirates a legitimate threat to make the World Series?

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  • Will the Pirates (64-42) finish the season with baseball's best record?

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  • Who has been a bigger factor in the Pirates' success this season?

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  • Do the Pirates need to make a deal at the trade deadline?

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