This is the final off-day of the 2012 season. The next time the Pirates don't play a baseball game, the season will be over and we'll all be sitting around picking up the pieces of this wreck. This is the fourth consecutive Thursday the Pirates have not played. The first Thursday was the Pirates' first off-day after their 22-games-in-22-days slide that started this whole collapse. This is the Pirates' record on each of those Thursdays:
- August 23: 67-57
- August 30: 70-60
- September 6: 72-64
- September 13: 72-70
Things are not progressing in the right direction.