Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
The 2015 Colorado Rockies are not a very strong baseball team, but it’s still an accomplishment sweeping any opponent in their home ballpark. The Pittsburgh Pirates mostly played a very solid series and were vastly superior to the Rockies in every aspect of the game. The Pirates’ offense was absolutely fantastic in this series as they scored 33 runs on 57 hits in the four game series. The Pirates’ bullpen was also really good as once the starters were out, they didn’t allow much to a very talented offensive ball club. The Pirates are a good team and they beat up on a bad team, like they’re supposed to.
The Pirates go from a rebuilding team to one nipping at their heels for the top wildcard spot as they leave Colorado for Chicago to take on the Cubs in a pivotal three game series. The Pirates currently lead the Cubs by three and a half games, so a series win could pretty much lock up home field in the potential wildcard game. However, the Pirates also play the Cardinals following the Cubs series, so if the Pirates keep taking care of business and winning ballgames, they could still catch the Cardinals and win the NL Central. That is still the goal and that is why the Pirates didn’t feel the need to have a huge celebration when they clinched their third straight playoff berth.
It feels just like yesterday that the Pirates began the 2015 campaign and were swept in Cincinnati by the Reds. A lot has changed since that series in April, the Pirates have won 93 baseball games and are one of the best teams in the league. There is still work to be done, but I am a huge believer in stopping and smelling the roses sometimes and it’s really awesome that for most of the 2015 season, the Pirates have been one of the elite teams in all of baseball. We all still want the NL Central title, but lets enjoy the fact that for the straight season, there will be playoff baseball featuring the Pirates. We’re far removed from 1993-2012.
Series Result:Pirates win 4-0
2015 win/loss record: 93-60
2015 series record: 28-15-5