John Lackey

Three up, three down: Pirates focus on winning now rather than later

Three up, three down: Pirates focus on winning now rather than later

A look at the trending topics this week in MLB:

THREE UP

Pirate flag: Kudos to the Pittsburgh Pirates, another team “trying to win” rather than “collecting controllable assets.” The analytical pundits suggested trading outfielder Andrew McCutchen and pitchers Gerrit Cole, Tony Watson and Felipe Rivero for prospects that might help the Pirates win in 2019 or 2020. But, hey, the Pirates entered play Saturday as winners in 12 of 14 games, including a four-game sweep of the first-place Milwaukee Brewers. They just got outfielder Starling Marte back from an 80-game drug suspension, and now the NL Central is a four-team race among the Brewers,...

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