The Most Important Pittsburgh Pirates in the Season’s Second Half

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PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 17: Clint Hurdle
PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 17: Clint Hurdle /

The Pittsburgh Pirates are currently 42-47 and 7 games out of first place in the National League Central

Major League Baseball is currently experiencing the 2017 All-Star Break. Due to this, the Pittsburgh Pirates have not played a game since Sunday and will not play again until Friday night at PNC Park.

When play resumes on Friday night, the Pirates will start a vital 7 game homestand. This homestand will begin with a 3 game series against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Pirates will enter this homestand 7 games out of first place in the National League Central.

While the Pittsburgh Pirates entered the All-Star Break 5 games below .500, they were still able to go into the break on a high note. The Pirates won 5 of their final 6 games before the break and are 5-4 so far in the month of July.

Thanks to the National League Central being insanely mediocre, the Pirates still have a chance at making a run at the division title after the All-Star Break. However, if that is going to happen, there are going to be a few key players to the rest of the 2017 season. So, who are these players for the remainder of the 2017 campaign for the Pittsburgh Baseball Club?