Yes, you are absolutely reading that right.
In 11 previous attempts, the Pirates were 0-11 against the Athletics in a span that stretched from 1997, the beginning of interleague play, to 2013. That is 16 years of losing to the Athletics, something that seems quite unimaginable in today’s day and age.
And while it is quite surprising that the Athletics boasted a perfact winning percentage against Pittsburgh, the Pirates have not exactly been good in some time. It may have been 16 winless years against Oakland, but overall, the Pirates have yet to have a winning season in an incredibly long 20 years.
Things are finally looking like they could be turning around, though. With just a few games remaining until the 2013 All-Star Game, the Pirates are 54-36, making them 18 games over .500. Since the streak began back in 1993, this is the highest mark the Pirates have been above .500 entering the break.
Just 1.5 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for first place in the NL Central, the Pirates could be looking at their first playoff appearance since 1992, back when the team was still in the NL East. Of course, the main and perhaps only goal of this franchise right now is to get back on the winning side of things and to finally get above the .500 mark when the season comes to an end in October.
A strong first half of the season was the first step. Perhaps finally defeating the Athletics is the second as one streak has come to an end, and another might be soon to follow.