Pirates Take Sole Possession of NL Central

When the sun rose yesterday the Pittsburgh Pirates found themselves only a half game back of the NL Central lead and the best record in baseball. With a double header against the division leading St. Louis Cardinals on their plate, they could take sole possession of the Central if they could sweep the double header.

Game 1 of the double header was a close one as both teams scored a run each in the opening 3 innings. From then on a pitching duel would take place between Pittsburgh ace, AJ Burnett, and St. Louis Cardinal pitcher, Lance Lynn. Burnett went 7 strong for the Bucs. He only gave up 3 hits and he struck out 9. Lynn went 6 innings, only allowed 3 hits and struck out 7. The winning run was scored in the 11th when Alex Presley hit a walk-off single off of Cards pitcher Kevin Siegrist. This win was big for the Pirates as it gave them a half game lead over St. Louis in the division.

Let’s just say that Game 2 of the double header wasn’t as close as the first. The Cards gave up 6 runs off 11 hits, while the Bucs shut St. Louis down only giving up 3 hits and 0 earned runs. Andrew McCutchen went 2-5 in the game with 2 RBI. Jody Mercer, Gaby Sanchez, and Tony Sanchez all had an RBI each. With this win the Pirates extended their NL Central lead to 1.5 games and now have the best record in the MLB. Can they keep it up for the rest of the season? Can the Pirates finally make the playoffs for the first time since 1992? We will all have to just wait and see.

Andrew McCutchen, A.J. Burnett

Pittsburgh Pirates Take First Place Into Break

Earlier today, the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants to secure first place in the NL Central going into the All-star break. They have a 48-37 record, and own a one game lead over the Cincinnati Reds. Their record is also the 4th best in the league. They are being led by their ace A.J Burnett who has won 9 straight decisions, and their All-star center fielder Andrew McCutchen, who leads the team in all hitting categories. They have been on an absolute tear, and own the best record in the league since May 18th. No body had seen this coming..At the beginning of the season they were last in the league in RBI, and batting average. These stats have now gone way up. With all this said, are the Pirates a legit World Series contender? As of now, I would say no. I feel like they will cool off in the second half of the season, that is unless they pick up another big bat before the trade deadline. If they do, this will be a very fun team to watch.. 

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Andrew McCutchen