The NL West has been a major problem
47 games into the 2019 season the Pittsburgh Pirates own a 25-22 record. This puts them 3.5 games out of first place in the National League Central, and 1.0 game out of the second National League Wild Card spot. It also puts them on an 86 win pace.
All of this is despite the team being 8-14 against the NL West. Following this series they are now 1-6 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, 1-2 against the Colorado Rockies, 2-1 against the San Francisco Giants, 3-1 against the San Diego Padres, and 0-3 against their next opponent – the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Against the rest of baseball the Pirates own a 17-8 record which is a .680 winning percentage.
There is no real explanation for the team’s struggles against the NL West this season. Being 0-3 against the Dodgers, one of the best teams in baseball, is one thing, but an overall record of 8-14 is another completely.
Thankfully, after this weekend series against the Dodgers, the Pirates will almost be done with the NL West. They will have just one series each left against the Rockies, Giants, and the Padres. The latter two of which the Pirates are a combined 5-2 against this season, owning a pair of series victories.