2012 Pittsburgh Pirates Season Update

The Pittsburgh Pirates are not a team that has enjoyed much success the past decade, however for much for the 2012 regular season they have been in a tight 3-way race for first place in the National League Central.  They are currently competing with the Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals who both hold slight leads over Pittsburgh.  The Reds are 41-33 while the defending champion Cardinals are 40-35 with the Pirates right on their tail at 38-35.

The much-improved play of the Pirates can be attributed to several variables, although center fielder Andrew McCutchen has been responsible for much of it.  He is Pittsburgh’s current leader in batting average (.341), home runs (13), RBI’s (46), runs scored (40) and OPS (.976).  However, the overall teams play must improve, as they are currently last in the major leagues in on base percentage and second to last in runs scored.

The Pirates open up a critical series at the division rival Cardinals this Thursday and the winner could likely be in second or leading the division going into the All-Star break.  Pittsburgh plays tonight and tomorrow against the Philadelphia Phillies who they are currently 0-2 against and will need to avoid getting swept to keep the pressure on the division leaders.  With only 12 games left until the All-Star break, anything is possible in this toss up of a division, and do not be surprised to see the Pirates gain momentum heading into September.


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