With the MLB season already past the all-star break and into the second half of the season, one of the teams that you would have to say surprised you the most is the 52-40, Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Pirates were a team that was low under the .500 mark lasy year and now their win percentage is at .565. Young star, Andrew McCutchen is leading the way for this ball club. This all-star is currently batting .372 with 22 home runs and 65 RBIs, and by the way, he has only been in the league for three years. McCutchen looks to have a very bright future ahead of him. He will only get better from now on, continuing to improve more and more every season.
The Pirates are only 0.5 games back behind the first place Cincinnati Reds, so they definitely have a chance at taking the NL Central division.
Not their offense but their pitching has really helped them out this year. Pittsburgh is 6th overall in ERA at 3.53 and that’s pretty good for a team that was mediocre last season.
They aren’t scoring a ton of runs but hey, at least they are scoring more runs than the Philadelphia Phillies and are winning games. The Pirates really do need to work on their offense though, because if they don’t, they could slip farther back in their division. They are 21st overall in runs scored (382), 22nd overall in batting average (.247), and 28th overall in on base percentage (.302).
This year, the Pittsburgh Pirates are playing like a totally new team with totally new energy, and are continuing to improve every season and every game. If they can keep up their success, they can take the pennant.
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Written by Emily Gruver
Hi, I'm Emily Gruver. I'm a huge sports fan, especially a Philadelphia sports fan. I am here to give you great sports articles and sports news, work hard, and always do my best! Philippians 4:13! God bless! Twitter: sportsphanatic5