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First Pitch: The Pirates Are Waking Up at the Right Time

First Pitch: The Pirates Are Waking Up at the Right Time

About a week ago, I was thinking up an article that would focus on every single thing that was going wrong for the Pittsburgh Pirates this season, leading to their struggles. They were coming off a few wins, so it didn't seem like the right time to post the article. One week later, they're wrapping up a successful road trip, and a better article would be something discussing how the team is climbing back into the playoff race.

After beating the Padres tonight, for the third night in a row, the Pirates find themselves 6-3 on this ten game road trip. They currently sit two games below .500, and two games back from the second Wild Card spot. A big reason for the latter is that no one has really stepped up yet to run away from the rest of the pack. There are currently six teams within two games of the second Wild Card spot, not counting Miami and Los Angeles, who currently occupy the two spots.

At some point, a few of these teams will start running away from the rest of the pack. I t...

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