A look at the Central Division
The Pirates have the fifth best record in the National League and are in second behind the Cubs in the Central.
If you take a look at their pitching and the struggling Andrew McCutchen you would expect them to be much worse off. Andrew's slash line for April was pretty horrible at .226/.339/.441 but since May 1st he is a .284/.333/.481. Still some room for improvement but over all better.
The Pirates defense early on was also pretty horrible across the board but the infield especially. The defense along with the pitching has came around the past few weeks with multiple starters getting in to the 7th inning and the pen finishing it off.
The offense over all has been one of the better ones to start the season
The past 10 games the Pirates are at 7 Wins and 3 Losses where as the Cubs hit a rough patch going for 4 Wins and 6 Loses allowing the Pirates to make up some ground.
I have a feeling pretty soon we will soon forget those first 20 games where the team in general was pretty bad.
At this pace the Pirates will have another 90+ win season, that should be more than enough to make the playoffs even if it is yet another wild card.
If the Cubs do not right their ship there is a real possibility that the Pirates and/or the Cards could catch them.