2009 MLB season review: Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pittsburgh Pirates have not had a winning season now in 17 years, in fact they are little more than a Triple A developmental team for whichever contender has enough prospects stocked up to trade for their star players. While they are one of the worst teams in the MLB, they are not as bad off as the Washington Nationals. If the ownership group of this club ever decided to spend a little money, they could be contenders, and their fans would flock to their beautiful newer baseball stadium.
Their final record was 62-99, and they finished last in their division by 28.5 games. However it isn’t all and they were in first place for three days, but never led their division. At one point in mid September they were 32 games behind, but a late season rally shaved a few off that number. At one point in late April they were four games above .500, but in late September they were 39 games below .500.
A big problem for this club was inconsistent play. They were only able to win five games in a row, but suffered a 9 game losing streak in early September. They were only able to score 636 runs, while giving up 768. They were shut out 17 times, while only shutting out their opponents 7 times.
For the 2009 season 1,577,853 fans came to Pirates home games. For their 81 games they averaged 19,479 fans, but were only able to sell 50.8% of their tickets for the season.