Pittsburgh Pirates: Team in Dire Need of Starting Pitching, More Takeaways From Series Loss

Takeaways from the Pirates four-game series at PNC Park against the Cubs

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are in dire need of starting pitching and more takeaways from a series loss against the Cubs to cap off a disappointing homestand

Early in the week, it looked like the Pittsburgh Pirates would be able to put together a strong homestand and continue their recent improved play. Unfortunately, that would not prove to be the case as the team lost three of four at PNC Park against the Chicago Cubs.

Following the series loss, the Pirates are now 14-22-4 in the 40 series they have played this season. The series loss also continued their season long struggles against the Cubs, falling to 1-9 against their divisional foes this season. Overall, the Pirates are now 58-73 on the season which puts them 2.0 games ahead of the last place St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central.

Next up for the Pirates is a trip to Kansas City against the Royals. This three-game series, in theory, presents an opportunity for the Pirates to win some games as the Royals are arguably the worst team in baseball. Before we look ahead to their trip to Kansas City let's take one last look back at the Bucs dropping three of four against the Cubs with series takeaways.