3 Takeaways From Pittsburgh Pirates Being Swept In LA

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 26: Pitcher Chris Archer #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates (L) is visited by teammates at the mound after Archer walked Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers (not in photo) in the fourth inning during the MLB game at Dodger Stadium on April 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Pirates 6-2. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 26: Pitcher Chris Archer #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates (L) is visited by teammates at the mound after Archer walked Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers (not in photo) in the fourth inning during the MLB game at Dodger Stadium on April 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Pirates 6-2. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 27: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is safe at second with a stolen base as the ball get past Cole Tucker #3 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the eighth inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on April 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 27: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is safe at second with a stolen base as the ball get past Cole Tucker #3 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the eighth inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on April 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

The Pirates have a National League West problem

The Pittsburgh Pirates currently own a 12-14 record. This includes being 2-8 against the National League West division. Some quick math tells me that makes them 10-6 against everyone else.

Last weekend, the Bucs started strong against the NL West. They won the first two games of their series against the San Francisco Giants, but, since then, the team has lost eight games in a row. All eight of these losses have come against the NL West.

The Pirates being 2-8 against the NL West has more to do with the team playing poor defense and going 11-for-56 with runners in scoring position the last eight games than anything else, it is still strange to see the team own such a poor record against a single division. Arizona and Los Angeles both owning potent, high powered offensive attacks is a factor as well. Especially with the Pirates lack of thump.

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Thankfully, after a day off on Monday the Pirates travel to Globe Life Park in Arlington to play the Texas Rangers. The Rangers are NOT in the NL West. After that, the Pirates come home to play the Oakland Athletics, also not in the NL West, and the Rangers again. Yay!

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