The Pirates took a record of 10-9 vs. the National League West into Tuesday night's game against the D-backs. The Bucs haven't finished with a winning record against teams in that division since 2004, when they went 16-4. Following this homestand, which has them facing only West teams (the Padres and Dodgers come to town following the D-backs), the Bucs will have three games against that division remaining (Aug. 20-22 in San Diego).
Travis Snider, the only newcomer among the Bucs who had never been in PNC Park prior to Monday night, gave his first impressions: "Unbelievable backdrop. I could easily get used to playing here a long time."
Told that the place hadn't always been as electric as it is these days, he said, "Hopefully, we can keep it plugged in."
Going into Tuesday night's game, Pirates starting pitchers ranked third in the league with a total of 46 victories. Over the entire 2011 season, the Bucs got 49 wins from their rotation.