SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates have been resilient in 2014.
They’ve clawed back from an eight-game-under-.500 hole when many left them for dead. I thought they were cooked when they lost Francisco Liriano and Gerrit Cole to injury late in the spring. They have somehow become a much worse run prevention team than they were a year ago, added few impact bats, seen home run champ Pedro Alvarez regress his way out of the lineup, and yet have again place themselves in a pennant race.
They’ve kept coming back, but that resiliency is about to be tested.