When the Milwaukee Brewers were still retaining the services of the now departed Prince Fielder the Brewers could not wait to play the Pirates, a team that they knew is inferior. They realized that they could pad a division lead if they had won or they could regain the lead if they were a few games in the rear. Just a few seasons ago when the Brewers were top heavy with talent, they beat the teams that they were expected to defeat; they had absolutely no mercy on Pittsburgh when they had the Pirates on the ropes time after time, after time. Right after the All-Star break the Pirates have a schedule concluding the month of July that might be the determining factor in who wins the division and which teams secure a wild card spot in 2013. Just after their July R&R, Pittsburgh faces a three game series in Cincy. We all know about the deep level of talent that the Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker has at his disposal, so watch out for the fireworks.
The Bucs then travel to Washington, D.C. for a four game stint against the Nationals. Here is where they have to be careful because as of Monday the Nationals only trailed the Atlanta Braves by four games in the NL East and are fighting to take the division lead. Then the Bucs travel south for the only “soft spot” in their July schedule, the Miami Marlins, currently a whopping 17.5 games out of first place in the NL East. Forget about the “Ides of March” the Pirates better beware of what happens after the Ides of July because there is going to be some serious “rumbling” going on. Pittsburgh had better not falter because the former MLB Champion St. Louis Cardinals have demonstrated, when the leaves start to turn in early fall, they will be hanging around to compete for the MLB championship trophy.
There can be no room, absolutely none for unforced and costly errors because those are the ones that almost always come back to haunt you.
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