Bob Smizik: Pirates' first 10 games prove little

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The Pirates' 2014 season is at approximately the six-percent point following a 4-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers Friday night. Which means we know nothing about how this will all play out.

As much as 21st-century sports has turned into instant and near-constant analysis, there is next to nothing to be taken from the first 10 games, six of which have been wins.

Yes, the starting pitching has been encouraging and the bullpen even more so. But we kind of knew that going in. Likewise, the hitting has been sketchy, which was also known information.

Attempts to build a solid case toward anything is a fruitless pursuit.

The Pirates have the look of a contender, no doubt, but how much of that is in our minds because we expected them to be contenders? The Milwaukee Brewers, based on an 8-2 record, appear to be more of a contender. But an analysis of their players might indicate otherwise.

No one should try to read too much into these early games and early performances. MLB is a marathon, not a sprint, and the race has barely begun.

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