The Pittsburgh Pirates start the second half of the 2016 campaign tonight in Washington D.C against the Washington Nationals. This will be a three game series against the Nationals before they come back to Pittsburgh for an eight game home stand. This home stand starts with a three game series against the Milwaukee Brewers, then a three game series against the Philadelphia Phillies, and the home stand will wrap up with a 2 game series against the Seattle Mariners.
It is crunch time now for the Pirates as the calendar is about to turn to August, and that is when the Pirates are going to need to go on an absolute tear in order to continue this playoff push. Fortunately, the Pirates have been playing very well as of late, and many of the injured players are going to make their rehab assignments very soon. This means the Pirates should become healthy very soon, and as long as the rest of the squad can stay healthy, the likelihood of the Pirates making the playoffs for the fourth straight year looks pretty good.
It is time for the leaders of the Pittsburgh Pirates to step up and make the difference. Andrew McCutchen hasn’t had an MVP quality year, and when looking at the statistics, he is, in some eyes, the third best outfielder on the Pirates team. Obviously, that isn’t a bad thing because of how great All-Star outfielder Starling Marte, and Gregory Polanco have been.
With that said, if McCutchen can turn things around, the Pirates are going to be in a great position to make a run at the National League Central division leading Chicago Cubs.
Check out my video on the Pittsburgh Pirates mid-season round up here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgcJHg__65g
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