The Pittsburgh Pirates are currently sitting at 41-39 on July 1st, a record that no one would have expected at the start of the season. The record has some questioning whether the Pirates should be buyers at the trade deadline this year. While I've remained cautious about labeling the Pirates as contenders, it's hard to argue with the facts:
-They just finished a month of June where they went 16-11, while winning against Philadelphia, Boston, Toronto, and Arizona.
-They finished interleague play with an 8-7 record.
-They are currently 22-19 on the road.
-They are 16-10 against divisional opponents.
-They are two games out of first place in the NL Central.
To the first three points, the Pirates have struggled in the past on the road, during interleague play, and they've ...
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