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Why the Pittsburgh Pirates Can Break Their Record Streak of Losing Seasons
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Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen might be the guys to lead the Pirates to the promised land.

Seriously, do not laugh: This could be the year that the Pittsburgh Pirates break their 20-year losing record streak.

They came tantalizingly close last year before collapsing late in the season. The Pirates just love to get their fans' hopes up before crushing them like Starling Marte has been crushing balls this season.

It is early May, which must mean the Pirates are giving the Pittsburgh faithful reason to believe 2013 could be the year of the Buccos.

As it stands, the Pirates are 17-14, only three games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for first place in the NL Central. Yep, right on schedule.

But this could actually be the season the Pirates get back to something resembling respectability. Pittsburgh has a solid pitching staff, excellent bullpen and two young stars who almost single-handedly carry its offense.

These upstart Pirates might actually have what it takes to break one of the most embarrassing streaks in professional sports.

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