The Pittsburgh Pirates currently trail the NL Central by four games. They are also 7.5 games back of the second wild card spot. With an off-day today, it seems like a good time to check their remaining schedule for the season.

The  Pirates won't have another day off until August 31st and then they play straight through for the next 13 days. So from August 15th until September 13th, they play 29 games in 30 days. The schedule isn't as grueling after that point. From September 14th until October 1st, they play 15 games in 18 days and the only road trips are Cincinnati and Washington, so the travel won't be bad either.

The NL Central is led by the Chicago Cubs right now. The Pirates played them seven times the rest of the way. Three of those games are later this month in Chicago and the...

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John Dreker
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.