It’s Put up or Shut up time for the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pennant Race

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The Pittsburgh Pirates had a mission when they entered into the 2013 regular season. They wanted to prove that they could be one of the best teams in Major League Baseball past the start of August. Congratulations to the Pirates because they have proven just that. They are three games up in the National League Central and have one of the best records in all of baseball. There’s only one problem. The St. Louis Cardinals have Yadier Molina back healthy and just took two of three games from them, tightening the race in the process.

That could be a big problem because don’t look now but those pesky Cincinnati Reds are also getting healthy and they don’t seem okay with that second wildcard spot anymore. For the now-proven Pirates, they have found out what a lot of good young teams find out. They proved one point only to find a dozen more things they have to prove in order to be the best. The Cards are charging and they are a good, well managed team that will not quit until sometime in December. The same could be said for the Reds. So what are the Pirates to do?

This is where the fun begins boys. Now it’s time to put all struggles and problems to the side, finalize the roster and buckle down. Getting what they want is going to take the Pirates to a place where they have to go in order to beat these other two teams and anyone else they find waiting in the 2013 MLB Postseason. Anyone not playing at their best has to be playing at their best in about a week at the most. There are no options because if they have three pitchers throwing lights out, another team will have four and beat them.

Everyone has to come to the park with their best game face on from now on. It is different now. When they lost that series to the Cardinals with Molina back from the disabled list, someone should have sighed and said, “Here we go.” It’s on now, its go time. Pick your favorite saying and insert it here because the Pirates will either prove everything they have said right or wrong in the short moments left in the best pennant race left in the 2013 baseball season.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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