Five Pirates Thoughts at Five

Well, the first edition of this piece in quite some time in which I don’t have games to pull tidbits from. Instead, it’ll mark the first heel turn toward 2023 for me personally and largely this site.

Five Pirates Thoughts at Five

The Pirates have managed to hold off 100 losses for at least one more day, and as usual, they do it in the most unthinkable way. Think of how bad this team has been in 2022, then think of some of the strangest things they’ve pulled off.

Five Pirates Thoughts at Five

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.

Five Pirates Thoughts at Five

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.

Top 15 Plus 5 More

The season is over for Bradenton and the Greensboro affiliates.
The Grasshoppers would have needed to sweep a doubleheader that was scheduled for Saturday to make the playoffs. Unfortunately, the games were rained out and with no scheduled make-up dates left, they officially finished on the outside looking in.

Five Pirates Thoughts at Five

Clich├ęs 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.

Five Pirates Thoughts at Five

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.

Five Pirates Thoughts at Five

This space has been a dark place for a few weeks now. Near constant losing will do that, near constant losing while being seemingly out of it by the third night after night will do that from all directions.