Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s I remember a much different look to how pitchers were deployed from what we see today. Those of you who are a touch older probably think those guys were soft too, but the way pitching is used in today’s game is undeniably less familiar than many of us ever saw coming.
Sure, sure, they could still sign a guy. There are still options out there, but let’s be honest, even if they get one of them, it’s going to be a vet who at best slots in to the back of the rotation and eats some innings.
In 2010 the Pittsburgh Pirates selected a stud right handed pitcher straight out of high school in Texas named Jameson Taillon and while nobody could justifiably call him a bust he certainly has had a rocky and injury plagued career.
I know, I know, it’s incredibly early for this, but I believe we can do this anyway. Couple reasons, first I feel fairly confident that if they bring in a starter, it won’t be a better option than what is currently here, and on top of that I don’t see the Pirates making a whole lot of moves this off-season to the starting pitching.
Maybe forgotten is the wrong word, I mean most of us knew he was here and that he’d pitch every five days or so.
We’ve written since last season that 2020 was not going to be a banner year for the Pirates, but that doesn’t make it unimportant.