…But not when you give away a game, and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. A 4-2 lead turns quickly into a 8-4 loss. We have one good reliever in Felipe Rivero, but we can’t pitch him the 7th through the 9th every game we have a lead and there are no dependable set-up men on this team. That’s what happens when you scale down the payroll by 20 million. Maybe Kuhl, who clearly can’t pitch more than 5 innings, should be a long reliever? (He’s a very weak #5 starter). The Pirates were staring to give me some hope this past week, but then I realized that they are 5-5 in their past 10 games. No ground has been gained in a division SO bad that even the Cubs are 7.5 games out of a wild card slot. It is all or nothing in this division. You have to win the division to go to the playoffs. No wild cards here. We have two choices: 1) Get it together quickly or 2) Prepare for some wholesale dumping of players and more salary before the trade deadline.