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.
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!