- The Pirates set an MLB record earlier this week
- Pittsburgh became the first team in MLB history to have 3 different players have 3-HR games in the same month
- It’s one of many feats the Pirates have achieved this year, yet they still sit 15 games below .500
The Pittsburgh Pirates have to be baseball’s weirdest team in 2022.
The club has reeled off a number impressive MLB marks this year, yet they sit at just 32-47 at the start of July. It’s happened all season long.
In May, the Pirates were no-hit by baseball’s worst team, the Reds. Somehow, they became just the sixth team since 1901 to win without recording a single base knock.
They then moved on to the West Coast where they swept their first series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers since the start of the 21st Century. LA had been the National League’s top team at the time.
Then the focus turned to the players. Rookie sensation Oneil Cruz played his first game at the big-league level this year in mid-June. Not only did he perform at the plate, smacking the hardest hit ball by a Pirate all season, but he also recorded the hardest throw from a non-pitcher in the MLB.
Cruz’s 97 MPH dart from shortstop on a slow roller was the fastest throw by a position player all year long. Again, this was his 2022 MLB debut.
Then, Pittsburgh had a power surge, doing what no other team in Major League history has ever done.
Pirates have 3 different players tally 3-HR games in the same month
The Pirates became the first team in MLB history to have three different players record 3-HR games in the same month. They waited until the final day to achieve the feat as backup catcher Michael Perez smashed a trio of long balls in Pittsburgh’s Thursday night win over Milwaukee.
Earlier in the month of June, Jack Suwinski did the same, while Bryan Reynolds smacked three homers on Wednesday.
So, not only did they set the monthly mark, but the Pirates also became just the second team in league history to have players record back-to-back 3-HR games.
Fans are as confused as they are excited about Pittsburgh’s achievement this year seeing as they’re still well below .500 on the season.
Wouldn't have guessed that the 2022 Pirates would be the first in history to do it. 🤯 https://t.co/lepYlc4h6B
— Jeff Kravitz 🇺🇸 (@Kravitz76) July 1, 2022
Whilst being 14 games below 500 ? https://t.co/HfBkhAYm2p
— Htown til i drown (@Cowboyh8er) July 1, 2022
Of course it's the Pirates. Makes absolutely no sense. https://t.co/p5KM37shz5
— Scott Dupree (@dsdupree) July 1, 2022
— Liam (@theliammalone) July 1, 2022
Even the Pirates’ manager is perplexed.
Derek Shelton on this stat: "That’s strange. I don’t know. I think since I’ve got here, I’ve seen a ton of stuff that’s different. Why not just add three guys hitting three homers in the same month to it." https://t.co/hSnynjXSBR
— Justice delos Santos (@justdelossantos) July 1, 2022
While it’s certainly been an odd season, at least this should give the Buccos hope for the future.