Something is just not right this year. It feels like the Pirates are much worse than they were last year, and they are. In fact, it seems as if the Pirates are just awful. The starting pitching is weak, the bullpen has been shaky, Cutch is hitting under .250 as is Kang, the catchers get hurt every other day, and yet the Pirates remain a game out of the final wild card spot, and thanks to the Mets collapse only have to jump the Cards and the Marlins to get in. Add to that the new news that the Marlins will be without Stanton for the rest of the year, and they seem likely to fall out. How are the Pirates in this?
I want to give up on this season so bad, yet there is a lot of reason to think the playoffs are possible. Marte is playing out of his mind good. And frankly so is Frazier. Both are doing amazing. Jordy Mercer is playing better than normal.
If those guys can show up like this next year with a McCutchen returning to form, Bell as an upgrade over Jaso, and an improved rotation that does not have to suffer through half a season of Niese, the Pirates could very well be right there with the Cubs as World Series favorites. But as we learned this year, you cannot count on anything.
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