I believe that the Pirates may be on their way to setting a single season record for home runs. They currently have 110 through 98 games, and the pace they are on would give them just a little north of 180 on the season. The record is 171. It looks as if they will have three players on the team who will hit at least 20, McCutchen, Alvarez and Jones. This is actually quite impressive, as PNC is a very difficult place to hit home runs, with home runs surpressed by 20% typically (a bit more this year). I think I can remember the last time the Bucs had 3 twenty home run hitters; the Bonds, Bonilla, Van Slyke era Pirates. What I cannot remember is the last time they led the National League in home runs. Currently, the National League Leader is Milwaukee, with 114, so it is possible that Pirates could be the league leader at the end. Does anyone out there remember when was the last time that happened?
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