Who should Pirates fans root for in the MLB Postseason?

Hint: Not the Cubs.

Tony Watson was on the Pirates earlier this year. Should fans root for him?

Tony Watson was on the Pirates earlier this year. Should fans root for him?

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It wasn’t long ago that the Pirates were World Series contenders. In 2015, the team won 98 games, the most in franchise history since 1991, but they lost the NL Wild Card game 4-0 to the Chicago Cubs. At home.

The year before that the Pirates won 88 games, just two back from the division-winning Cardinals, but lost 8-0 in the Wild Card game to the San Francisco Giants. At home.

The year before that the Pirates won 94 games — third-most in the NL — but had to play in the Wild Card game that year as well, actually winning (at home!) before falling to the Cardinals in the NL Division Series.

The run of three-straight playoff appearances seemed to be the new normal for the Pirates after 20-straight years of missing the playoffs with sub-.500 baseball. And yet, the last two seasons have been back to just that, with 78 wins in 2016 and just 75 this season. And so it’s understandable if Pirates fans don’t want to watch anymore baseball this year — most of you didn’t watch much during the year — but for those who just love the game and want to latch on to a team in the MLB postseason, here’s a guide for you.

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