The first half has been completed, the All-Star Game festivities are over, and the Pirates will get back to the real season on Friday, at seven P.M. Below are a series of interesting statistics and observations from the first half, to begin getting a look at what the Pirates second half may look like.
The Pirates have played ninety-three games to this point in the season, posting a record of 56-37, good for second in the N.L. Central.
The Pirates have a four game lead on the Reds for the first N.L. wild card, and a nine game lead on the Nationals for the second wild card.
They play thirty-one more home games, and thirty-eight games on the road.
The Pirates play a combined twenty-three games against the Reds and Cardinals over the second half.
The Pirates play the Nationals in an important four game set in Washington, which could do a lot to shape the race for the second N.L. wild card.
The Pirates rank number one in all of Major League Baseball in ERA, coming in at a team ERA of 3.07, the next closest is Atlanta, with an ERA of 3.29 as a team.
The Pirates rank twenty-seventh in Major League Baseball in runs scored, with a total of 357 on the season.
The Pirates rank twenty-second in OPS in the Major Leagues.
If the Pirates play .500 baseball the rest of the way, they will go 90-72 on the season, which would put them in a good position to take one of the two wild card spots for the N.L.
If the Pirates play .585 baseball through the end of the season, they’ll post a record of 96-66, one game over Clint Hurdle’s stated preseason goal, and would be in excellent position to win the N.L. Central.