When the weather starts to heat up, so do the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The recurring themes of the previous two seasons aren't difficult to identify. Strong pitching, a good bullpen, organizational depth and some good defense.

As for the offense, it's looking like the same story in 2015 as it was in each season prior. A cold April then lukewarm May evolves into scorching bats during the summer months.

In 2013, the Pirates went 17-9 in June and outscored their opponents by 22 runs. The next season, they put up a plus-25 run differential and a 17-10 record.

Pittsburgh finished a 10-game road trip with a 3-0 victory Sunday as Gerrit Cole became the National League's ERA leader with a 1.73 mark while picking up his league-best ninth win. The Pirates went 7-3 as a series split against Sa...

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