CARLSBAD, Calif. -- The Pirates finished with their fourth winning record in 26 seasons this year and it was still good for only a fourth-place finish in the National League Central.
The Brewers and Cubs both qualified for the postseason in 2018, and the Cardinals weren't eliminated until the last weekend of the season. With the Pirates going 82-79, it made the NL Central the only division in the major leagues to have four teams with winning records.
Thus, the Pirates face a tough task next season if they are to get back to the playoffs for the first time since a three-year run of appearances from 2013-15. However, an executive from another NL Central club told DKPittsburghSports.com this week at the General Managers' Meetings he thinks the Pirates can be contenders.