Pittsburgh Pirates: Slide Continues as Team is Swept by Nationals

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16: Luis Garcia #2 of the Washington Nationals beats the tag of Chase De Jong #37 of the Pittsburgh Pirates on an infield single during the fourth inning at Nationals Park on June 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16: Luis Garcia #2 of the Washington Nationals beats the tag of Chase De Jong #37 of the Pittsburgh Pirates on an infield single during the fourth inning at Nationals Park on June 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /
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May 26, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates manager Derek Shelton (17) gestures on the field before the game against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
May 26, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates manager Derek Shelton (17) gestures on the field before the game against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Tough schedule ahead for the Pittsburgh Pirates

11-33 in their last 44 games. Losers of 10 games in a row. 23-44 overall on the season. No matter how you slice things have been an absolute disaster for the Pittsburgh Pirates of late. Looking at the upcoming schedule there is no relief in sight.

This weekend the Pirates welcome the 37-28 Cleveland Indians to town for a three-game Interleague series. The Indians currently sit in second place in the American League Central. The first place team in the AL Central? That would be the Chicago White Sox who are one of the best teams in baseball at 43-25. Those White Sox will be coming to PNC Park for a two-game series after the Indians leave town.

After the White Sox leave town, the Pirates travel to St. Louis for a four-game series against the Cardinals. Following a bit of a break when the Bucs play three in Denver against the lowly Rockies, the schedule picks up again with series against three postseason contenders in the Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves and New York Mets leading up to the All-Star Break.

The Cardinals, Brewers, Braves and Mets currently own a combined record of 138-122.

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Oh, as for after the All-Star Break, the Pirates will host the Mets for three more games. Following a series against the Diamondbacks, the only NL team with a worse record than the Pirates, the Bucs will travel to San Francisco to play the Giants who are one of just two NL teams to 40 wins thus far. They then return home for three more with Milwaukee.

Things are already ugly for the Pittsburgh Pirates. By the end of July, things could be REALLY ugly for the Pittsburgh Baseball Club.

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