NL Central Race
1. Milwaukee Brewers (53-43)
2. St. Louis Blues (52-44)
3. Cincinnati Reds (51-44)
4. Pittsburgh Pirates (49-46)
Pirates Record vs Brewers: 3-10
Games Remaining vs Brewers: 6
Pirates Record vs Cardinals: 6-7
Games Remaining vs Cardinals: 6
Pirates Record vs Reds: 4-9
Games Remaining vs Reds: 6
NL Wild Card
1. San Francisco Giants (52-43)
2. Atlanta Braves (52-43)
3. St. Louis Cardinals (52-44)
4. Cincinnati Reds (51-44)
5. Pittsburgh Pirates (49-46)
SECOND HALF OUTLOOK
The Pirates lead the National League with 29 home wins, boasting a 29-20 record at PNC Park this season. The Pirates have 32 games remaining at home, 35 on the road, where they are 20-26 away from PNC Park.
Pre All-Star break the Pirates went 25-35 against teams with a .500 or better record. They went 24-11 against teams with a record below .500.
The Pirates have 38 games remaining against teams currently with a .500 or better record.
7 games vs Atlanta, 6 games vs Brewers, 6 games vs Cardinals, 6 games vs Reds, 3 games vs Dodgers, 3 games vs Giants, 4 games vs Tigers, 3 games vs Nationals.
The Pirates have 29 games remaining against teams currently below .500
6 games vs Cubs, 6 games vs Rockies, 4 games vs Phillies, 4 games vs Diamondbacks, 3 games vs Marlins, 3 games vs Padres, 3 games vs Red Sox,
To compare within the division, the struggling Brewers have 42 games remaining vs teams .500 or better, Cincinnati 38, and St. Louis has the easiest schedule facing 32 teams with a record of .500 or better.
The Pirates come out of the All-Star break with their first 16 games against NL West teams.
A six game homestand vs the Rockies and Dodgers , then hit the road for a 10 game road trip from July 25 – August 3, 3 games @ Colorado, 3 games @ San Francisco, 4 games @ Arizona.
The Pirates have a pivotal stretch from August 11 – September 3, where they play 22 straight games against winning teams: 4 vs Tigers (2 Home / 2 Away), 3 @ Washington, 3 vs Atlanta, 3 @ Milwaukee, 3 vs Cardinals, 3 vs Reds, 3 @ Cardinals.
The schedule eases up for a two week period where the Pirates play 13 straight games against below .500 teams from Sept 5 – Sept 18: 3 games @ Cubs, 4 games @ Phillies, 3 games vs Cubs, 3 games vs Red Sox.
Pre All-Star break the Pirates went a combined 12-3 against the Cubs/Phillies and Philadelphia figures to also gut their roster at the trade deadline.
The schedule, though, is not kind to the Pirates when they finish the season. They will finish the year with seven straight road games: 4 games @ Atlanta, 3 games @ Cincinnati.
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