Pittsburgh Pirates Pick Perfect Time To Right Ship

Andrew McCutchen
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The Pittsburgh Pirates were reeling less than a week ago, but with two straight victories coming into the weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park, the team had a little momentum for the crucial three-game set.

While the Pirates have had their fair share of problems up in Milwaukee, the Buccos came away from the series better than where they started having taken two of three from the Brewers after losing 4-3 on Sunday. Mike Fiers was on fire all day long as he allowed two runs on two hits in seven innings of work.

The recent push has come via an offense that was sputtering and a pitching staff that was getting rocked during a seven-game losing streak that saw the Pirates only score more than four runs once and allow a total of 46. That stretch had to make the team nervous knowing they would have to salvage the series against the Atlanta Braves and then travel to Milwaukee.

Well, whatever it was, the Pirates turned things around. The group came back against the Braves and then torched the Brewers for 21 runs in three games.

The timing could not be more perfect, with Andrew McCutchen returning from the DL this past week, Neil Walker coming back and not missing a step and Josh Harrison continuing his excellent 2014-campaign.

Of course none of this will mean anything if the Pirates do not build off of this weekend. The upcoming schedule could make or break this season with all 12 games coming against National League Central rivals and six of those games coming against the St. Louis Cardinals. Also, the Pirates have a three-game set against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The Cubs’ record is not blowing anyone away, but with Javier Baez‘s recent call-up, the Cubbies’ offense could certainly do some serious damage to any team vying for the playoffs.

The Pirates are right in the thick of the playoff race and came away from the series against Milwaukee on a positive note. However, they need to carry this recent success into the upcoming week if they are going to make a serious postseason push.

Gregory T. Philson is an MLB contributing writer at RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GTPhilson, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on GoogleRead more here.