July 20th, 2011 – By Bryan Cross
The surprise in the 2011 MLB Season thus far has no doubt been the team currently atop the standings in the National League Central Division, but the Pittsburgh Pirates continue to press forward in making a push for the post-season for the first time in two decades.
The Pirates (51-44) are 0.5 games up in the NL Central over the Milwaukee Brewers coming into Wednesday, looking not only for a playoff berth, but it would be the team’s first winning season since 1992. To put that into perspective, the Pirates won 57 games all last season.
But the possibility of still trying to add or trade players to make the team better before the trade deadline is still there, and the organization highlighted the fact that they are willing to do whatever it takes to turn around the team and put them in the best position possible in the division race as well as the wildcard.
“Our fans have been energized by this team. The rebounding between the city and its team that (manager Clint Hurdle) talked about wanting to be a part of is happening,” remarked Pirates’ President Frank Coonelly. “Yes, the great response at the gate gives us greater capacity to add players.
Currently, oddsmakers on online sportsbooks are still setting the Pirates in the middle of the pack to win the World Series, despite the team sitting in first place currently.
Going off at 50/1 on Bodog Sportsbook’s World Series Betting Lines, sets them behind teams in their own division that they are ahead of right now, such as the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals. The Brewers sit with odds at 15/1 to win it all this season, while the Cardinals sit just behind Milwaukee at 20/1.
There is still a lot of games to be played in the regular season, and room for teams to chase down the Pirates. But Pittsburgh has won three games in a row going in Wednesday and will get plenty of opportunities down the road against their NL Central rivals.
The Pirates surprisingly have a slightly better record at home than than they do at home, a leading contributor to the success Pittsburgh is enjoying thus far.