The Pirates have won the MLB drought record when their first pitcher wins the 28th game of the season.

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The Pirates have won the MLB drought record when their first pitcher wins the 28th game of the season.

The most important aspect of the game, however, was Pirates starting pitcher José Quintana. He pitched six innings without conceding a run and only allowing two hits. He was victorious. Despite being his 84th career victory, it was his first since 2019. Since his last victory, he had made 38 appearances (16 starts).

The Pirates had gone 27 games without a starting pitcher win until Quintana earned the W Monday. Remarkably, the Pirates aren’t even that terrible as a team in the win-loss department to this point. They had just gotten 11 bullpen wins. The updated breakdown:

Overall, the 12-16 Pirates aren’t nearly as bad as most thought they would be this season. They sit in third place in the division thanks to the historicall -bad (so far) Reds and a Cubs team that had lost 14 of 17 before a win on Monday night. And even though it was only his first win on Monday, give Quintana some credit for this. Through six starts, he has a 2.70 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 30 innings. He’s second on the Pirates in WAR after Ke’Bryan Hayes.

Pirates starters: 1-10
Pirates relievers: 11-6

Story Highlights

  • The Pirates won 5-1 by outhitting the Dodgers 15 to 4 in a game in which one of baseball’s least talented teams outplayed one of the finest. The Pirates had also lost their previous 16 games against the Dodgers.

  • The biggest drought, however, was historic. Remember the 1988 Orioles? They started 0-21. The record we’ll discuss here is secondary to their big one. Those Orioles’ 21 losses also doubled for the longest-ever start to a season in which a team didn’t record a starting pitcher win, until Monday night. The 2022 Pirates would be the new answer to the trivia question.