Pittsburgh Pirates: Sweep Remains Elusive in Series Victory Against the Phillies

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PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 30: Rodolfo Castro #64 of the Pittsburgh Pirates jokes with teammates during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at PNC Park on July 30, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JULY 30: Rodolfo Castro #64 of the Pittsburgh Pirates jokes with teammates during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at PNC Park on July 30, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

The Pittsburgh Pirates were able to take the first two games of their series against the Philadelphia Phillies… but a sweep remains elusive

There are few things that have gone right for the Pittsburgh Pirates this season. One of the many things that has given the team problems is attempting to sweep a series. This continued over the weekend when they won the first two games of their series against the Philadelphia Phillies before getting blown out in Sunday’s series finale.

Following a 15-4 loss on Sunday the Pittsburgh Pirates are now 40-65 on the season. Their 40-65 record in the second worst in the National League behind the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the fourth worst in all of Major League Baseball behind the D-Backs, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles.

Additionally, the Pittsburgh Pirates are now 0-10 on the season when they are going for a series sweep. Yes, 0-10. A team almost has to try to go 0-10 when looking for a series sweep. If the Pirates had been able to find a victory in even half of these games they would go from having the fourth worst record in MLB to the eighth worst. So… maybe those losses aren’t all that bad as they will better position the Pirates for the 2022 MLB Draft.

All of that said, let’s examine what happened over the weekend that helped guide the Pirates to a series victory while still coming up short once again in their effort to secure a series sweep.

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