Before I start writing this piece I’m going to start by simply saying, I know many of you have stopped believing there is a plan, let alone a next phase. I don’t blame you at all.
There is simply no room for positives when one aspect of your team is this bad. The Pirates bullpen has completely imploded and no matter what goes right, who comes up, whom takes a step, the good feelings can only last about as long as the team can hold out before having to turn it over to the bullpen.
If Ben Cherington is going to continue to repeat that they have to get better, let’s hope he at least is murmuring it to himself in the mirror when he shaves, because his improvement above all is where that might actually be achieved.
A sweep of the Reds quickly followed by a sweep from the Mets. Progress negated in a single predictable series. Thing is folks, as I’ve said countless times, the losing is one thing, losing as badly as the Pirates did in this series, that’s what makes you feel like nothing is improving.
Jack Suwinski is universally seen as a virtual lock to be the Pirates starting left fielder in 2023. Hitting 16 homeruns in your first 90 games in your rookie campaign will do that.
The Pirates just had easily their best series since they swept the Dodgers in Los Angeles earlier this season. They hit, they pitched, they even played some defense.
Clichés are often not what people want to hear, but they exist largely because they tend to be based in fact. The fact is that Cruz is just settling in and it is resulting in improved performance, both in the field and at the plate.
A day off for the Pirates, let’s knock out some frequently asked questions today!
The Pirates are a bad team, playing an extra tough portion of their schedule. That would be hard enough, but lets add in mismanagement and a total lack of awareness and you have a recipe for a whole bunch of gross.
No, really. If you study the history of this game or any game for that matter, the Pittsburgh Pirates were there at the beginning. They have a rich and storied history that we all should rightly appreciate, but in celebrating 19 members of that historic lineage, it’s impossible to ignore the man currently overseeing it’s stewardship.