The Pittsburgh Pirates’ most recent homestand started and ended on a positive note, but didn’t have a lot of highs in between.
The six-game stretch with divisional opponents St. Louis and Chicago began Friday night with a stellar season debut by Joe Musgrove and ended last night with another strong performance by Musgrove. The four games in between, however, were brutal.
The Bucs lost the last two games of the Cardinals series and the first two of the Cubs’ series. The four-game skid featured two blown leads by the bullpen and a questionable slide by Anthony Rizzo that left many fans wondering if the good times experienced in April and early May were eroding.
The Bucs ended the stretch with a 2-4 record the could – and honestly should – have been a 4-2 record. Here is a more detailed breakdown of what the Pirates did right, and wrong, over this past week.