The First Place Pittsburgh Pirates

What a great first half of baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates.   The Bucs destroyed the San Francisco Giants 13-2, behind five hits from Neil Walker and a pair of bombs from Andrew McCutchen.  AJ Burnett continued to cruise, striking out five Giants.

Words just can’t describe it right now, so we really won’t try.

July 8, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker (18) hits a double against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Neil Walker is on a freaking mission. God.

July 8, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett (34) throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Ten wins for A.J. Burnett in the first half.

The Pirates have the best home winning percentage in Major League Baseball.  Cutch is hitting .359, the first Bucco since Matty Alou to do that. It all adds up to the Bucs being in first place at the break.

Today, their GM Neal Huntington said he feels the team “still hasn’t played their best baseball.”

Shit. We hope not.

To all of you: Enjoy a few days without baseball–good luck finding something to do after the All Star festivities. We will try our best to keep you from going insane with a shitload of photoshops over the next few days.

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