As the year winds down, it is almost impossible for the Pirates not to make the playoffs. And I do have to pinch myself when I say that. However, our bats have deserted us a bit at the end of this year and it cost us against San Diego. We lost two winnable games and dropped out of first. The good news is we found the bats today and St. Louis finally lost a close game to the Rockies. We are a game out and that is doable.
However, the Reds are all that matter. The Pirates need to get that first round bye or avoid the play in game, however you want to look at it. But thanks to this series it is more in the hands of the Cards than us. What the Pirates have to do is avoid dropping below the Reds so they can host that playoff game. We have a head to head series coming up and it is very important. VERY IMPORTANT. All eyes will be watching one of the last real races in the majors.
I do think a word needs to be said about Gerrit Cole. These last few weeks he has been everything you dreamed he would be when he was drafted. He pitched us out of the slump that finally got the winning record. He pitched great the next outing too. And today he set a career high with 12 K's, breaking another slump of 3 games. Cole may be the ace now. He is pitching like it. This is great news for the future of the Pirates.
So too is the news about Fall Ball. Jameson Taillon will be pitching for the Scorpions (I think that is who we are associated with). Taillon did well at Triple A and if he can do will in a very hitter friendly environment, he is not long for the minors next year. I am just as excited about Phil Irwin going out to Arizona. Irwin has been a winner at every level and made it to the majors this year only to get hurt. This means he is back and ready to pitch. Getting him a few innings is what he needs. He will be on the outside looking in next year thanks to this injury, but I do believe Irwin has the ability to be a 5th starter in the majors, and a good one. It is good to see him back.
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