The Bucs Stop Here

First place.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have moved into a tie with the St. Louis Cardinals for first place in the NL Central and the major leagues.

Yesterday, Jordy Mercer hit a go-ahead single with two outs in the 9th inning and the Pirates beat the Seattle Mariners, 4-2.

The Pittsburgh Pirates used their season-high sixth straight win to move 18 games over .500 for the first time since 1992, their last winning season.

Nine to Know

  1. The Pirates at 48-30 have a .615 winning pct. tied with the Cardinals for the best record in baseball.
  2. While their 13-10 record in one-run games is not extraordinary, their 16-5 record in two-run games is the best in baseball.
  3. Their 11-3 record in interleague is the best in baseball.
  4. The Bucs pitchers have a 3.20 ERA, the lowest in baseball.
  5. Batters are hitting .226 against Pittsburgh’s batters, the lowest in baseball.
  6. Pirates pitchers have allowed only 27 hits on 0-2 counts, the fewest in baseball.
  7. According to the defensive metric, the Pirates have 26 Runs Saved, the second best  in the NL to Arizona, which is tops in the majors with a through the roof 64.
  8. Pedro Alvarez has 19 homers, but no other Pirate is in double figures.
  9. The Bucs are succeeding despite hitting .224 with runners in scoring position, the lowest average in baseball.