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The Pirates Needed to Make a Bigger Statement in May

The Pirates Needed to Make a Bigger Statement in May

A month ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates were sitting at 13-15, two games under .500, heading in to their series against the San Diego Padres.  At the time I wrote about how the month of May was a statement month for the Pirates.  Their opponents for the remainder of the month had a 129-157 record, and not a single opponent had a winning record at the time.  At the time, my thought was that the Pirates needed to end up with a 29-28 record following today's game with the New York Mets:
The May opponents are currently combining for a 129-157 record, for a 45.1% winning percentage.  If the Pirates play at the opposite pace (54.9% winning percentage) over the next month, they will be sitting at 29-28 on June 3rd.  The last time the Pirates were at .500 that late in the season was in 2005, when they were 30-30 on June 11th.  The last time they were above .500 that late in the season was in 2004, when they were 23-22 on May 29th.

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The Pirates can make a statement in the month of May....

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