At the start of the season, there was a lot of talk about the difficult April schedule that the Pirates faced. Pittsburgh was going up against a lot of difficult teams, and it seemed like every game they played in was against a top pitcher.
Some pointed out at the time that the schedule would even out. It didn't matter much that the Pirates played all of those tough teams in April. They'd have to play those teams at some point during the 162 game schedule. That was true, but the point of noting the tough April schedule was that we wouldn't get an idea of how good or bad the team was, since their schedule wasn't exactly balanced.
Of course the flip side to all of that is that at some point during the year, the Pirates would have an easy stretch in their schedule. And it looks like that time is approaching.
Pat Lackey and James Santelli were pointing this out on Twitter this afternoon. The Pirates are 35-32 so far this year. They've been beating up on weak teams, with a league-best 19...
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