Improved play at home
Since the start of the 2013 season PNC Park has been one of the best home field advantages in all of baseball. Despite this, the Pirates got off to a slow start at home during the 2019 season. However, this is starting to change.
After a 13-18 start to the season at home, PNC Park is becoming a home field advantage once again. The Pirates have gone 5-2 and 4-1, respectively, on their last two home stands. As a result, their record at home this season has crept above .500 at 22-21.
One of the keys to being a good baseball team is playing .500 baseball on the road and taking care of business at home. For much of the season, the Pirates failed to do this. Well, this is starting to change.
While the Pirates are slightly under .500 (22-24) on the road, they are finally above .500 at home. If they can get to a .500 record on the road and continue to play at PNC Park the way they have their previous two home stands, then, in the long run, their record will easily clear .500.
The Pittsburgh Pirates needed to get better at home. They have done that. As a result, the team now finds themselves in the middle of a pennant race as they prepare to enter the dog days of summer after the All-Star Break.