Pittsburgh Pirates: Huge Ke'Bryan Hayes Series, Poor SP, More Takeaways From Split With Atlanta

Takeaways from the Pirates splitting a four-game series with the Braves at PNC Park

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Poor starting pitching, a huge series from Ke'Bryan Hayes, and more takeaways from the Pittsburgh Pirates splitting a four-game series with the Atlanta Braves

In recent weeks the Pittsburgh Pirates had been playing better baseball. They had gone 2-0-2 in their previous four series played, going 7-5 overall. Facing a tall task in the Atlanta Braves, the Pirates continued their improved play of late.

Baseball teams are always looking for series victories. However, splitting a four-game series with a team as good as the Braves is never a bad thing. Especially when you're not a contending team. After splitting this series the Pirates are 13-18-4 in series played this season, and their overall record on the season is now 52-63.

Next up for the Pirates is another challenging series at home when they welcome the Cincinnati Reds to PNC Park for a three-game weekend this series. Before we look ahead to the Reds, let's take one last look back at splitting this series against the Braves with some series takeaways.