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
- The Pirates at 48-30 have a .615 winning pct. tied with the Cardinals for the best record in baseball.
- 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.
- Their 11-3 record in interleague is the best in baseball.
- The Bucs pitchers have a 3.20 ERA, the lowest in baseball.
- Batters are hitting .226 against Pittsburgh’s batters, the lowest in baseball.
- Pirates pitchers have allowed only 27 hits on 0-2 counts, the fewest in baseball.
- According to the BillJamesonline.com 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.
- Pedro Alvarez has 19 homers, but no other Pirate is in double figures.
- The Bucs are succeeding despite hitting .224 with runners in scoring position, the lowest average in baseball.