In 2011, the Pirates finished with identical home and road records: 36-45. The grand total came out to be 72-90, despite streaking to the top of the division in mid-July.
The Bucs have seen more success at the home than on the road so far in 2012. In their 25 home games to date, they have 15 wins and 10 losses, which equates to a winning percentage of .600. However, they are 9-14 in 23 away games.
The Pirates offense, as everyone knows, has been horrible both at PNC and at opponents’ stadiums. The offense has produced two more runs on the road (73 road, 71 home), but the pitching has surprisingly faltered somewhat on the road.
At home, the pitching staff has given up just 67 runs (2.68 per game). On the road though, the pitchers have surrendered 100 runs (4.35 per game). The 100-run mark is padded with the 12-3 and 10-7 losses to St. Louis, among others.
Offensively, the Pirates are averaging 2.84 runs per game at home, and 3.17 runs on the road. Although the offense is less apparent at home, the pitchers are stepping up their game at PNC. Still, they are right at the .500 mark through the first 48 games of the season, and just three games back in the division. Through 48 games last season, the Bucs were 22-26 and 6.5 games back.
Considering their road record and some of these numbers, can the Pirates stay around the .500 mark through June? After the final two games of this Cincinnati series, they head to Milwaukee for their first matchups of the season with the Brew Crew. They don’t return to Pittsburgh until June 8th to face the Royals and a short homestand. After hitting local spots (Baltimore and Cleveland), the Pirates will host the Twins and Tigers at PNC. When it’s all said and done, the Bucs will play just nine of their 27 June games at home.
It’s always tough to win on the road, and this Pirates team is going to overcome some adversity if they want to breakout this season. This offense must get going and the pitching must stay consistent. We’ve seen some good signs this homestand, especially the past four games. Not only has the pitching remained spectacular (see: James McDonald) but the bats are waking up as well. Pedro Alvarez seems to be going on a hot streak, and has a modest six-game hitting streak. Rod Barajas has raised his average 49 points over the last two weeks and has 4 HR/9 RBI this month. Andrew McCutchen is still on fire, and is hitting .387 in May. Hopefully the Pirates can put everything together at once and get on a roll like they did midseason in 2011.