I've been hearing that the O's are going to be great very soon now, and haven't really thought much about it beyond that. Pirates record not withstanding, twelve years of futility needs to end soon.
But I just looked at their record, and they're only one game ahead of the Royals this morning! Yes, the Royals, who've lost more games over the last seventeen years than those Pirates you're hearing so much about.
I can't say that that's iron-clad proof of anything; I do remember the beginning of the '89 season when everyone said they'd suck, and they ended up leading the AL East for most of the season. But it sure don't look good.