Boy, it feels like a long time ago that the Pirates were 6-3, fresh off of winning their third consecutive series to start the year. The hitting was clicking, and the pitching seemed to be doing their thing.
Now, after dropping three of four to Cincinnati, the Pirates are sitting at 9-14 and have dropped 11 of 14 against the Reds and Milwaukee Brewers. Better yet, the Pirates have won the first game in three of the four series, only to drop each of the ten games that followed.
The team is not this bad. Rough patches happen to any team throughout a season, and the trend of winning two of three in nearly every series the team played last year isn't sustainable. Luckily for the Bucs, the two week stretch against Cincinnati and Milwaukee is over. But the schedule does not east up. Next up, the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Pirates have played well there in recent years, but the recent stretch doesn't provide much encouragement for a road series against last year's National League champions.
After that, the Pirates break free of the Central DIvision's grip, but must face the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays for five.
So the schedule isn't easing up any time soon. The Pirates will have to turn this one around on their own, without the help of the Chicago Cubs.
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