While some teams are playing games in late August and September that matter in a pennant race, the Pittsburgh Pirates are playing games that matter for a much different reason.
Even though I personally hate the goal, a run at finishing .500 would be a nice achievement for this current Pirates team.
However, as individuals, there is even more for these guys to play for. While stars like Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker and Jose Tabata are locks to be in the 2012 opening day lineup, others may need a strong finish to the 2011 season and a solid spring training to be wearing a Pirates uniform next season.
For this group of guys, almost every game and every at bat matters the rest of the season.