Cardinals know they have not seen the last from the Pirates

Cardinals know they have not seen the last from the Pirates

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Five of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 9, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Roberson-Pool/Getty Images)

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by Brian Feldman, BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on October 9, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 10 at 6:26 AM

(BaseballStL) -- The story was there for the entire country. The Pittsburgh Pirates - who had not had a winning season in two full decades - back in the playoffs and about to take down the big bad St. Louis Cardinals. It was the perfect narrative.

Only Adam Wainwright had to go out and rip up the script.

"They're a great team," GM John Mozeliak said. "I can tell you it was nerve wrecking to watch because their middle of the order is dangerous, the starting pitching (Gerrit Cole) was very good, so when you look at that matchup it was scary. We're very fortunate to come out of it."

But just because the Pirates season is over that doesn't mean they're going away. Pittsburgh is built in a very similar fashion to the Cardinals with a lot of top talented prospects who are under control for a long time. In fact, they're built in a way not all that dissimilar to the Cardinals because of their emphasis on the draft.

"I think that's exactly what they're trying to do. And they did successfully navigate some free agents last year that helped them in a big way so they made a lot of good moves," Mozeliak said.

So you would expect to see them in contention for the next several years then?

"I would say so but the big question for them is retention (of their pending free agents)," Mozeliak said.

Each year for the last few seasons the Pirates have gotten closer and closer to breaking out. A couple seasons ago they were doing well but collapsed in the middle of the year. Last year they were well over .500 but collapsed in the second half of the season.

This year they finally got over the hump, made the playoffs, but lost in the first round.

It would shock no one, not even the Cardinals, to see the Pirates back and better than ever in 2014.

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