Pittsburgh Pirates: Road Trip Report Card #1

Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Pittsburgh Pirates had a recent road trip.  Here is a grading style report card on how they performed away from PNC Park so far.

Hello, all. Welcome to the first edition of what I hope to become part of the Rum Bunter routine, and that is my “report card” series. Every time a Bucco road trip/homestand concludes, I plan on taking a look back at that series of games by breaking down how the Buccos performed in the key facets of the national pastime on their most recent road trip that included games in Boston, Chicago and St. Louis.

I will be doing this in a report card style format, giving out letter grades to the Bucs in the major statistical categories. I will begin by examining the events that transpired in the world of Bucco baseball between April 13 and April 19.

Last week was up-and-down to say the least for the Bucs. It started out fine and dandy, with a sweep over the mighty Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. But one of the great things about baseball is that things can change, a lot, and that was evident when the Pirates went to St. Louis, as they were swept by the hated Redbirds in three games, all by the exact same score.

So, to say this Pirates season has been Jekyll-and-Hyde would be a great understatement. Now, the Bucs are back home, currently getting ready to take on the Chicago Cubs at PNC.

Although the first real roadtrip of the season is over, I still think it’s relevant to look back at how the team performed. Especially as they prepare to embark on their next road trip starting tonight in Miami.