3 Takeaways From Pittsburgh Pirates Two-Game Series In Detroit

oDETROIT, MI - APRIL 16: Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates, right, celebrates with Jung Ho Kang #16 of the Pittsburgh Pirates after a 5-3 win over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on April 16, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Marte hit a two-run home run to break a 5-3 tie during the 10th inning. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
oDETROIT, MI - APRIL 16: Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates, right, celebrates with Jung Ho Kang #16 of the Pittsburgh Pirates after a 5-3 win over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on April 16, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Marte hit a two-run home run to break a 5-3 tie during the 10th inning. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – APRIL 16: Manager Clint Hurdle #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates smiles while congratulating Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates after a 5-3 win over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on April 16, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Marte hit a two-run home run to break a 5-3 tie during the 10th inning. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI – APRIL 16: Manager Clint Hurdle #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates smiles while congratulating Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates after a 5-3 win over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on April 16, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Marte hit a two-run home run to break a 5-3 tie during the 10th inning. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /

What can be taken away from the Pittsburgh Pirates quick two-game series at Comerica Park in Detroit against the Tigers?

The Pittsburgh Pirates continued their strong start to the 2019 season in Detroit this week. Following a sweep of a two-game series against the Tigers, the Pirates are now 10-6 this season. This series sweep allowed the Pirates to finish off their eight-game road trip with a strong 5-3 record.

In this series the team continued to be the Battling Bucs of 2019. By fighting and showing heart, the Pirates pulled out a pair of extra inning victories over the Tigers. These victories improved the team to 4-2 this season in games that go to extra innings.

The series was also the team’s first taste of interleague play this season. With the sweep, the Pirates now own the best interleague play record (75-47) in the baseball. Considering the Bucs had the worst record in all of baseball in interleague play from it’s inception in 1997 through 2012, this is pretty remarkable.

With the series now in the rear view mirror, we can take a look at what we may have learned about the Bucs in this series. So, what are three takeaways from the team’s series sweep over the Tigers at Comerica Park?

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