With a current record of 29-22, the Pittsburgh Pirates are finally hitting a stride that could help them make a run at the Chicago Cubs. The Bucs currently sit in second place, good for 6.5 games behind the Cubs in the National League Central division.
The Pirates will begin the month of June by finishing up a four game series in Miami against the Marlins. Then, they will have a six game home stand starting with three games against the Angels of Anaheim and then three games against the New York Mets. This will be an interesting series, because we will get to see how the Pittsburgh fans greet former Pirates second baseman Neil Walker. It will definitely be a warm welcome for the home town kid. Walker is currently having a stellar year for the Mets.
Here is where things get interesting. The Pirates were scheduled to have June 9th off, but they will be making up a rain delay game against the Colorado Rockies in Colorado. They will then fly home to play three more games at home against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cardinals series is going to be a big series, but the biggest series of June will most likely be when the Pirates head to Wrigley Field for a three game series against the MLB leading Chicago Cubs.
Although there are many games left to play, each individual game against a divisional opponent will mean a great deal in deciding the NL Central title.
At the end of May of 2015, the Pirates had a record of 26-24. In the months of June, July, and August, the Pirates had single digit losses in all three months.
What does this mean?
These next three months are really going to make or break the 2016 campaign for the Pirates. If the Pirates can continue to stay hot, and they continue to keep up their play in the middle months of the season like they have the past three seasons, the Pirates should be in a great position to make a run at the division championship in September.
Andrew McCutchen usually turns his game on in June, and if he does that again this year, look for the Pirates to have major success in June.
The Burgh Blog Writer