At the beginning of this month, I talked about how the Pirates weren't winning against good teams, and were just beating up on bad teams.  I mentioned that with a June schedule which included the Philadelphia Phillies (34-22 at the time), Arizona Diamondbacks (31-25), Cleveland Indians (33-20), Boston Red Sox (30-26), and Toronto Blue Jays (28-28), the Pirates were unlikely to escape the month of June with a winning record.  That was mostly due to the lack of success by the Pirates against winning teams prior to the month of June.

So what did the Pirates do?  They took two of three against Philadelphia, Arizona, and most recently, Boston.  They now sit at 39-38, with a three game series against the Toronto Blue Jays, who are sitting at 39-39.  If the Pirates win just one of those games,...

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