When fans look ahead at schedules for the season, it’s not often that they circle the days that the Pirates come into town. Pittsburgh has been bad for a very long time, putting up 1 winning season over the course of the last 6 years. But maybe the Dodgers should have taken them more seriously.
The Pirates came into town this week and tore through the powerhouse Dodgers. Their bats hit when they needed to and their pitching shut down what is supposed to be one of the best offenses in Major League Baseball. It was wild.
Wednesday night was more of that. The Pirates put up a run in the 1st before being shut down for most of the game. But they added 7 runs against the Dodgers bullpen and earned the sweep in a big way. After the game, Dave Roberts spoke about what happened in the series loss and how they were outplayed by a team that’s not even really trying to win in 2022.
“These guys played their tails off against us. I thought they outpitched us. Situationally, offensively, they were better than us. They made big plays on the defensive side that flipped innings and game situations so you’ve got to give them credit. I thought they did a great job. They really did. They were better than us all series. The results don’t lie.”
The truth is that the Dodgers played an embarrassing series against the Pirates. Maybe they did overlook a team that constantly has a losing record with no playoff hopes in the foreseeable future. But they’ve also struggled at times this year against very bad teams.
Whatever it is, they just have to move forward now. They’ll welcome the Mets into town tonight, one of the best teams in baseball. With a 4-game series on the line, they’ll have to bring their best game to beat them.
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