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First Pitch: Could the Pirates be 31-23 at the End of May?

First Pitch: Could the Pirates be 31-23 at the End of May?

We heard at the start of the season how the Pittsburgh Pirates had one of the toughest early season schedules in the game. Despite that schedule, the Pirates are 17-14, in second place in the NL Central, and sitting with the fifth highest winning percentage in the National League. They swept the Reds, took three of five against the Cardinals, and took three of four each against the Braves and Phillies.

Now the team is set up for a much easier schedule through the month of May. Their next few opponents, and their current records:

**2 games vs Seattle (15-18)

**4 games at Mets (12-16)

**4 games vs Milwaukee (14-16)

**3 games vs Houston (8-24)

**3 games vs Cubs (12-20)

**3 games vs Milwaukee (14-16)

**2 games at Detroit (19-11)

**2 games vs Detroit (19-11)

The next time the Pirates play a team that currently has a winning record will be May 27th against the Detroit Tigers. On paper, the schedule looks pretty easy, and looks like the Pirates could pad the win ...

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