It’s hard for us to remember a bigger homestand for the Pittsburgh Pirates. A big win last night against the Arizona Diamondbacks started things off on the right foot. Jeff Karstens hits the bump tonight for the first pitch in another pivotal game for the Bucs. The Pirates have a 36-20 record in last 56 games and a 42-22 mark in last 64. The Pirates had won 54 games at this point last season–the Bucs have won eight more games than they have at this point last season.
Home cooking has done the Buccos well.
The new Pittsburgh Pirates Lumber Company have won 23 of their last 29 games at PNC Park. The team has put up some great numbers so far this season- please pardon us as we document them for you. When leading after six innings, the team is 49-1. After seven innings, the ball club is 53-0. We almost cringed when Tim N. started firing out these stats last night, but after eight innings have passed and the Bucs are leading, the team is 56-0.
When the first player to cross the plate is wearing black and gold, they are 34-12 now.
The new Lumber Company has 32 comeback wins, and eleven wins in their final at-bat. Six walkoff wins have ignited the Pirates, who are also unbeaten in extra innings.
The really good news is that – going into last night’s tremendous start by Bedard – the Pirates pitching staff ranks second in Major League Baseball with a 2.37 ERA. Yeah, and that got even better tonight – thanks for the shutout, Bedard! The bad guys have been held under two earned runs 33 times in the first 50 games at PNC Park.