It feels like the Pittsburgh Pirates season should just be hitting its stride with only 59 games completed. However, thanks to an unexpected shutdown, a lengthy back and forth between MLB and MLBPA and Commissioner Rob Manfred finally telling the players when and where, 60 games is all we will get. Some have said that this is more than enough or too much to take, mostly due to the Pirates disappointing 19-40 record coming into today’s contest. However, in what is clearly a year of evaluation for the future, I can’t help but think that this small sample size isn’t enough; at times leaving us, and possibly General Manager Ben Cherington, with more questions than answers. Unfortunately it is the hand that was dealt and everyone will have to make do in preparation for what should be a pretty interesting off-season. Nevertheless, there was still one more game to be played before the Pirates Front Office could continue the process of building and looking toward the next window of opportunity.
Up until the bottom of the sixth inning it looked like the Pirates were almost certain to Raise The Jolly Roger to end the year as Ke’Bryan Hayes hit his fifth home run on the “season”, Adam Frazier had himself a pair of doubles, Jose Osuna was three-fourths of the way through a potential cycle and JT Brubaker had only allowed two runs on a homer by Carlos Santana. Unfortunately that’s when when the wheels started to come off as Brubaker gave up another home run; a three run job to Franmil Reyes, which ended his day.
The Pirates bullpen, that has become a little shaky recently, was unable to hold the lead as Nik Turley surrendered three runs in the bottom of the seventh. That combined with Pittsburgh’s bats falling silent, resulted in a 8-6 loss to end the season.
News and Notes:
- Ke’Bryan Hayes extended his consecutive hit streak to eight with a single and a home run before being intentionally walked in his third plate appearance of the game.
- Since being recalled by the Pirates on September 17th Jose Osuna went 8 for 24, including 6 extra base hits, 3 which went out of the park. Don’t be fooled. Osuna is what he is; a solid bat off the bench with some defensive flexibility.
- A little bit of disappointing last outing of the season for JT Brubaker. In 5 innings of work he gave up 5 earned runs on 7 hits, two of them homers, while striking out 3 and walking 2, all on 89 pitches. In spite of his last appearance not being ideal, I would still pencil JT in for the starting rotation competition of Spring Training 2021.
- Geoff Hartlieb had his second strong relief appearance in a row
- The Pirates season came to a close with loss and a final record of 19-41. It wasn’t a great year to be a Pirates fan. They were the only team in the NL Central to not make the playoffs.