One-third of the season down, two-thirds to go. The Pirates open up their second third of the season (as confusing as that term looks) against the Cincinnati Reds, a team nearly as hot as the Bucs are. Pittsburgh is 16-4 in its last 20 games and leads Cincinnati (14-6 in last 20) by one game entering the series.

Alex Presley said "it's definitely an exciting time to be here." (Photo credit: David Hague)

Vinnie Richichi from 93.7 The Fan asked manager Clint Hurdle what was most encouraging about the first third of the season.

"There's more there," Hurdle said. "I'm not sure there is any more out of our bullpen, but there's more out of our starting rotation. There's more out of our offense."

Other areas Hurdle liked:

Defense (Pirates are 1st in MLB in defensive efficiency, 3r...

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