Despite a recent stretch that had many people writing them off, the Pittsburgh Pirates remain as alive in the National League wild-card race as they have ever been.
Following Tuesday night's thrashing of the Cardinals, the Bucs sit two games behind St. Louis and a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cardinals are one of the best teams in baseball, so the Pirates' task will not be easy.
But the Bucs have proven time after time that they will not go down easily this season. The Pirates have the chops to stay in this race on both sides of the ball, and they have the potential to improve during the season's final month.
If all goes to plan for the Pittsburgh Pirates in September, they may very well be playing playoff baseball this year.