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
Aug 26, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Alika Williams (75) takes
Aug 26, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Alika Williams (75) takes / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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Disappointing homestand

This homestand started on a strong note for the Pirates. To kick off their seven-game homestand the Pirates won the first two games, securing a series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. At this pointed it appeared the Pirates were setting themselves up for a strong homestand.

Well, that would not be the case.

The Pirates lost their series finale against the Cardinals before dropping three of four to the Cubs. After going 1-4 in the final five games of the homestand, the Pirates finished the homestand just 3-4. This is a 3-4 that feels like a major letdown after the way the homestand started.

Also, the first game of their series against the Cubs was there for the taking. Shoot, there is an argument to be made that the Pirates not only could have but frankly should have won that game. Instead, it was a loss and the other two losses against the Cubs were non-competitive blowouts.

Disappointing.