Pittsburgh Pirates Winning Record? Is 2011 the year the curse is broken?

Could this be the year? After 69 games, the Pittsburgh Pirates have a won - loss record of 35-34. The last time the Pirates finished the season with a winning record was 19 years ago, way back in 1992. Guys like Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen have really stepped up their game and newly acquired Kevin Correia has added some veteran leadership to the Pirates starting rotation, but probably the biggest surprise has got to be Charlie Morton.

During Morton's first three years in the majors, he amassed a record of 11-29 and an ERA around 6.00. Last year alone, he was 2-12 with an ERA of 7.57 and gave up 15 home runs in only 79.2 innings pitched. Opponents had a .332 batting average against him. What a difference a year can makes!

This year, he's off to a 7-3 start, has an ERA of 3.21, has given up only 2 home runs in 84 innings pitched and opponents are hitting almost 50 points less than last year. He's got to be the most improved player in MLB this year and if he keeps this up the Pirates should come very close to a winning season. Morton could even end up with some Cy Young votes at the end of the year, but most importantly he has been a staple on my fantasy baseball team!