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The Pittsburgh Pirates won eight games in a row on the road before Jake Arrieta happened and while losing the final game of a trip can leave a sour taste in your mouth, it’s important to remember that winning eight in a row on the road is ridiculously hard. The Pirates had an amazing road trip and the fans should be thrilled with the results.
The Pirates wanted to accomplish two goals, gain on the Cardinals in the NL Central and pull away from the Cubs for home field in the NL Wildcard game. They accomplished both of these goals as they currently sit three games back of the Cardinals and are four and a half games up on the Cubs. Not the worst position to be in entering the regular season’s final week.
Speaking of the St. Louis Cardinals, the Pirates have a somewhat important series with them starting today. I think it is safe to call this…THE BIGGEST SERIES IN PNC PARK HISTORY!!!! Usually that is hyperbole, but in this instance, it might be correct as the Pirates now control their own destiny in the NL Central race. Three games back with three to go against the Cardinals. It really doesn’t get any bigger than that. Hopefully PNC Park is packed and the fans are crazy because this is what September baseball is all about. The two best teams in the league battling it out with a division title on the line. It’s going to be scary and fun all at the same time. Every pitch is going to be agonizing and pleasurable at the same time. The goal is still to win the NL Central and avoid facing Jake Arrieta in a one game playoff. The Pirates can still do that, but they must win. Nothing more needs to be said, so lets #PACKPNC and #DeckTheCards.
Series Result: Pirates win 2-1
2015 win/loss record: 95-61
2015 series record: 29-15-5