The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the 2013 season very optimistic about their chances for success this season. Not everyone shared their enthusiasm however. Many thought that a team like the Cincinnati Reds coming into town would mean chalking up at least two of three losses. I was one of those that thought that but I and the others were wrong. The Pirates completed a sweep of the Reds that means so much for their team that it’s hard to put in an article. I’ll do my best though.
I think the Pirates were confident coming into the series perhaps but even they must have been a little worried. Johnny Cueto, ace of the Reds staff, was throwing in game two after all. Who would have expected a sweep? Granted Cueto left with an injury but the Pirates still had a tough task to win that game and they did it. This series win means that the Pirates are capable of handily defeating most any team in their division. If they can sweep the Reds for instance, they can sure win a few against the streaking St. Louis Cardinals.
They are getting decent offensive production from several different players. Andrew McCutchen isn’t doing it all in other words. He has help so far this season. This sweep has the Pirates only one game behind the Cardinals in second place of the National League Central. That is a really nice place to be and from where they are, the Pirates must feel really good about how well they have arrived at the half-way point in the season’s first month.
They are playing well as a team and it shows in their performance. With the hot Cardinals team that is just in front of them, playing them for the next three days, expect some big time games from the Pirates. When Wednesday night comes along they could be the sole first place team in their division.