Pittsburgh Pirates series review vs San Francisco Giants

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Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pirates faced a very tough August schedule and many fans were worried about how the team would do against some very difficult competition. The Pirates didn’t just survive the tough stretch, they thrived, going 13-5 against the National League playoff contenders.

This recent stretch of play should answer a lot of questions about the Pirates and how they may do in October. This Pirates team is a legitimate World Series contender as they can beat any team on any given day. They can also win games in a variety of ways. The Pirates can out pitch a team and win via three solo home runs or they can out slug you and win a game 9-8 in extra innings. Anything can happen in October, but you have to like the Pirates chances come playoff time.

The Pirates cannot enjoy the series victory against the Giants for very long as they travel to Miami to start a four game series against the near last place Marlins. The Pirates have played some very good teams, but coming up they have the Marlins and Rockies. The Pirates must stay focused and keep up the same intensity against the struggling teams. They are currently 3.5 games out of first place in the NL Central and they cannot afford to overlook any teams. When you’re in a pennant race, every game is the biggest game of the season. I know one thing, I believe in these Pirates and expect them to come out and take care of business regardless of opponent, much like they have done all season.

Series Result: Pirates win 3-1

2015 win/loss record: 74-48

2015 series record: 21-13-5

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