Dickerson continues torrid pace for Pittsburgh Pirates

Published 8:11 pm Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Brookhaven Academy won their first baseball state championship since 2010, and a former alumni is enjoying success in the first half of the MLB season.

Former Cougar Corey Dickerson  is still hitting over .300 for the Pirates as the all-star break approaches.

The outfielder is slashing .302/.336/.453 for the season, and is hitting .276 for the month of June with a slugging percentage of .328 and an on-base percentage of .300.

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In the 15 games which Dickerson has played in the month of June, he’s recorded hits in 13 of them. The outfielder has three doubles in the month, as well.

Dickerson’s best performance so far this month came June 16 when the Cincinnati Reds came to town. Dickerson went 2-4 with two doubles in the contest, and the Pirates won 6-2.

The Pirates have fallen below .500 in June, and are currently seven games behind the Brewers for first place in the central division. They are four games out of the Wild Card behind the Washington Nationals.

Pittsburgh has struggled in the month of June, going 7-10 and putting themselves behind the eight ball in regards to making the playoffs.

The Pirates traded all-star Andrew McCutchen before the season to the Giants in a move to cut salary cap and groom prospects, signaling the franchise is likely in rebuilding mode.

It will be interesting with the trade deadline approaching what the organization does in that regard.

The National League Central is the deepest division in baseball, and it will be hard to erase a seven game lead from the Brewers. The wild card for the Pirates is still in reach, but if the losing months continue, that could be out of the window relatively soon.

With the strong season that Dickerson is having, and the fact that the Pirates could be in selling mode by the non-waiver trade deadline, he could be a candidate to be moved to a team more likely to make the playoffs.

With the former Cougar still having one more season after 2018 under team control, the Pirates could likely get a decent coup on the trade market from a playoff contender.