The Pittsburgh Pirates are on fire. The Bucs ended the first half of the 2018 season with a 10-game home stand against three playoff contenders and went 7-3, highlighted by a five-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers.
After a “meh” series with the Philadelphia Phillies to start this stretch, in which the Pittsburgh Pirates lost two of three, Pittsburgh won six of its last seven games to roll into the All-Star break playing its best baseball of the season.
Not everything was perfect.
The homestand started with an embarrassing 17-5 loss to Philadelphia, and also featured the continued disappearance of Austin Meadows, which has caused a stir among fans and media. For the most part, however, the Bucs are clicking, and because of that, people shouldn’t be complaining about much.
Here’s a breakdown of how the Pirates starting pitching, relief pitching, and offense performed over this past homestand. Let’s get into it.