If someone had told me that the Pirates would finish the first eight games with a 4-4 record, I would say, "That is not bad." It is not good, either. It is mediocre.
The fact that they remain in first place with a 4-4 record suggests the great opportunity that mediocre teams might have in this division.
Not everything is going right so far this year, but not everything is going wrong. A little winning would go a long way right now.
This is a much different and a much better situation than the 0-6 start of last season. Now if the back end of our rotation can pitch as well as the converted relievers of St. Louis, perhaps the Pirates can win a few and put the early pain of this home-opening series behind them.