Pittsburgh Pirates Midseason Predictions – Will They Play in October

The 2016 Pittsburgh Pirates are not having the best season so far. Like so many other teams they have been bitten by the injury bug. They do not look like Pirates of recent years. To complicate things even further is the emergence of the Chicago Cubs.

With the the All Star break a few weeks away, the Pittsburgh Pirates face an uphill battle if they have any hopes of making it to the post season. The World Series lines posted at BoydsBets show the team with 50/1 odds of winning it all.

Most notably hurting Manager Clint Hurdles team is having his Ace (Gerrit Cole) and starting catcher (Francisco Cervelli) on the disabled list. Hurdle is using catchers that were not even on the roster at the start of the season.

Pirates pitching has an overall ERA of 4.46, that ranks 10th in the National League. They are 12th in the league with 3.75 walks per 9 innings.

The Chicago Cubs are currently blowing all of baseball out of the water. Pittsburgh has a record or 33-36, which doesn’t seem that bad, but the Cubs are 47-20. That puts the Pirates at a staggering fifteen games back. The division is probably out of reach.

They have lost five in a row, and got hammered by the Cubs over the weekend. They stand at third in the National League Central at the start of today. The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Miami Marlins have better records, so they are on the outside looking in of the Wild Card.

Things are not all bad for the team. Starling Marte is hitting .337, Josh Harrison is hitting .300 and David Freese has a healthy .295 average. Marte has been an all around bright spot for the team this season. Andrew Mccutchen is not putting up his usual numbers, like in past seasons. He’s going to have to come alive if the team is going to make the postseason.
Baseball is a game of ups and downs. Things change with the wind. For Manager Clint Hurdles team to make a move they need to improve in all areas, but especially pitching. As pitching goes, so goes the team, or so it often seems. Getting their Ace off the disabled list will help tremendously, and hopefully get that team ERA down.
The Cubs are the team to beat! They however might be unbeatable. The Pirates should aim for a wild card if they want a shot at the post season. First things first, they need to get their record over .500, to do that they need to put together a few winning series in a row. They must turn things around heading into and coming out of the All Star break!

It has been done before and can be done again and the Pirates are resilient. They need to get the bats and the arms going, stay healthy, and make a push in the second half of the season. It all has to come together, that’s how the good teams win and stay good. That’s what the 2016 Pirates need to make it to the post season.

2016 Schedule

The Pittsburgh Pirates come into the 2016 MLB season off another disappointing Wild Card exist in the playoffs. The Pirates finished the regular season with a record of 98-64, two games back of the NL Central winners in St. Louis.

Despite having the second best record in all of baseball, Pittsburgh was forced to play in the Wild Card game, due to not winning their division. There they faced off against the Chicago Cubs and Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta. They ended up losing 0-4, as Arrieta threw a complete game shutout.

It was the second straight season the Pirates got knocked out of the playoffs in the play-in game by an elite the starter. The previous year they lost 0-8 to Madison Bumgarner and the Giants. Like Arrieta, Bumgarner went the distance.

The focus for 2016 is about not just making the playoffs, but winning the division and avoiding the Wild Card game. Their opening day roster is chocked full of talent, so I think they can do ti.

I have included a full schedule for the regular season for the below. Over the course of the season, I will update the results and keep a running record, so you always know how are Pirates are doing.

Date Opponent Result Record
Sun, 4/3 Cardinals W 4-1 1-0
Tue, 4/5 Cardinals W 6-5 2-0
Wed, 4/6 Cardinals W 5-1 3-0
Fri, 4/8 at Reds W 6-5 4-0
Sat, 4/9 at Reds L 1-5 4-1
Sun, 4/10 at Reds L 1-2 4-2
Mon, 4/11 at Tigers W 7-4 5-2
Tue, 4/12 at Tigers L 2-8 5-3
Wed, 4/13 Tigers L 3-7 5-4
Thu, 4/14 Tigers L 4-7 5-5
Fri, 4/15 Brewers L 4-8 5-6
Sat, 4/16 Brewers W 5-0 6-6
Sun, 4/17 Brewers W 9-3 7-6
Tue, 4/19 at Padres L 4-5 7-7
Wed, 4/20 at Padres L 2-8 7-8
Thu, 4/21 at Padres W 11-1 8-8
Fri, 4/22 at D-backs W 8-7 9-8
Sat, 4/23 at D-backs L 1-7 9-9
Sun, 4/24 at D-backs W 12-10 10-9
Mon, 4/25 at Rockies W 6-1 11-9
Tue, 4/26 at Rockies W 9-4 12-9
Wed, 4/27 at Rockies W 9-8 13-9
Thu, 4/28 at Rockies Postponed 13-9
Fri, 4/29 Reds W 4-1 14-9
Sat, 4/30 Reds W 5-1 15-9
Sun, 5/1 Reds L 5-6 15-10
Mon, 5/2 Cubs L 2-7 15-11
Tue, 5/3 Cubs L 1-7 15-12
Wed, 5/4 Cubs L 2-6 15-13
Fri, 5/6 at Cardinals W 4-2 16-13
Sat, 5/7 at Cardinals L 4-6 16-14
Sun, 5/8 at Cardinals W 10-5 17-14
Mon, 5/9 at Reds L 2-3 17-15
Tue, 5/10 at Reds Postponed 17-15
Wed, 5/11 at Reds W 5-4 18-15
Fri, 5/13 at Cubs L 4-9 18-16
Sat, 5/14 at Cubs L 2-8 18-17
Sun, 5/15 at Cubs W 2-1 19-17
Mon, 5/16 Braves W 8-5 20-17
Tue, 5/17 Braves W 12-9 21-17
Wed, 5/18 Braves L 1-3 21-18
Thu, 5/19 Braves W 8-2 22-18
Fri, 5/20 Rockies W 2-1 23-18
Sat, 5/21 Rockies L 1-5 23-19
Sun, 5/22 Rockies Postponed 23-19
Mon, 5/23 Rockies W 6-3 24-19
Tue, 5/24 D-backs W 12-1 25-19
Wed, 5/25 D-backs W 5-4 26-19
Thu, 5/26 D-backs W 8-3 27-19
Fri, 5/27 at Rangers W 9-1 28-19
Sat, 5/28 at Rangers L 2-5 28-20
Sun, 5/29 at Rangers L 2-6 28-21
Mon, 5/30 at Marlins W 10-0 29-21
Tue, 5/31 at Marlins L 1-3 29-22
Wed, 6/1 at Marlins L 2-3 29-23
Thu, 6/2 at Marlins L 3-4 29-24
Fri, 6/3 Angels L 2-9 29-25
Sat, 6/4 Angels W 8-7 30-25
Sun, 6/5 Angels L 4-5 30-26
Mon, 6/6 Mets Postponed 30-26
Tue, 6/7 Mets W 3-1 31-26
Tue, 6/7 Mets W 3-1 32-26
Wed, 6/8 Mets L 5-6 32-27
Thu, 6/9 at Rockies L 5-11 32-28
Fri, 6/10 Cardinals L 3-9 32-29
Sat, 6/11 Cardinals L 1-5 32-30
Sun, 6/12 Cardinals L 3-8 32-31
Tue, 6/14 at Mets W 4-0 33-31
Wed, 6/15 at Mets L 2-11 33-32
Thu, 6/16 at Mets L 4-6 33-33
Fri, 6/17 at Cubs L 0-6 33-34
Sat, 6/18 at Cubs L 3-4 33-35
Sun, 6/19 at Cubs L 5-10 33-36
Mon, 6/20 Giants W 1-0 34-36
Tue, 6/21 Giants 7:05p
Wed, 6/22 Giants 7:05p
Thu, 6/23 Giants 12:35p
Fri, 6/24 Dodgers 7:05p
Sat, 6/25 Dodgers 7:15p
Sun, 6/26 Dodgers 8:08p
Mon, 6/27 Dodgers 12:35p
Tue, 6/28 at Mariners 10:10p
Wed, 6/29 at Mariners 10:10p
Fri, 7/1 at Athletics 10:05p
Sat, 7/2 at Athletics 10:05p
Sun, 7/3 at Athletics 4:05p
Mon, 7/4 at Cardinals 2:15p
Tue, 7/5 at Cardinals 8:15p
Wed, 7/6 at Cardinals 8:15p
Thu, 7/7 at Cardinals 1:45p
Fri, 7/8 Cubs 7:05p
Sat, 7/9 Cubs 7:15p
Sun, 7/10 Cubs 1:35p
Fri, 7/15 at Nationals 7:05p
Sat, 7/16 at Nationals 7:05p
Sun, 7/17 at Nationals 1:35p
Tue, 7/19 Brewers 7:05p
Wed, 7/20 Brewers 7:05p
Thu, 7/21 Brewers 7:05p
Fri, 7/22 Phillies 7:05p
Sat, 7/23 Phillies 4:05p
Sun, 7/24 Phillies 1:35p
Tue, 7/26 Mariners 7:05p
Wed, 7/27 Mariners 7:05p
Fri, 7/29 at Brewers 8:10p
Sat, 7/30 at Brewers 7:10p
Sun, 7/31 at Brewers 2:10p
Tue, 8/2 at Braves 7:10p
Wed, 8/3 at Braves 7:10p
Thu, 8/4 at Braves 7:10p
Fri, 8/5 Reds 7:05p
Sat, 8/6 Reds 7:05p
Sun, 8/7 Reds 1:35p
Tue, 8/9 Padres 7:05p
Wed, 8/10 Padres 7:05p
Thu, 8/11 Padres 12:35p
Fri, 8/12 at Dodgers 10:10p
Sat, 8/13 at Dodgers 4:05p
Sun, 8/14 at Dodgers 4:10p
Mon, 8/15 at Giants 10:15p
Tue, 8/16 at Giants 10:15p
Wed, 8/17 at Giants 3:45p
Fri, 8/19 Marlins 7:05p
Sat, 8/20 Marlins 7:05p
Sun, 8/21 Marlins 1:35p
Mon, 8/22 Astros 7:05p
Tue, 8/23 Astros 7:05p
Wed, 8/24 Astros 12:35p
Thu, 8/25 at Brewers 8:10p
Fri, 8/26 at Brewers 8:10p
Sat, 8/27 at Brewers 7:10p
Sun, 8/28 at Brewers 2:10p
Mon, 8/29 at Cubs 8:05p
Tue, 8/30 at Cubs 8:05p
Wed, 8/31 at Cubs 8:05p
Fri, 9/2 Brewers 7:05p
Sat, 9/3 Brewers 7:05p
Sun, 9/4 Brewers 1:35p
Mon, 9/5 Cardinals 4:05p
Tue, 9/6 Cardinals 7:05p
Wed, 9/7 Cardinals 7:05p
Thu, 9/8 Reds 7:05p
Fri, 9/9 Reds 7:05p
Sat, 9/10 Reds 7:05p
Sun, 9/11 Reds 1:35p
Mon, 9/12 at Phillies 7:05p
Tue, 9/13 at Phillies 7:05p
Wed, 9/14 at Phillies 7:05p
Thu, 9/15 at Phillies 7:05p
Fri, 9/16 at Reds 7:10p
Sat, 9/17 at Reds 4:10p
Sun, 9/18 at Reds 1:10p
Tue, 9/20 at Brewers 8:10p
Wed, 9/21 at Brewers 8:10p
Thu, 9/22 at Brewers 8:10p
Fri, 9/23 Nationals 7:05p
Sat, 9/24 Nationals 7:05p
Sun, 9/25 Nationals 1:35p
Mon, 9/26 Cubs 7:05p
Tue, 9/27 Cubs 7:05p
Wed, 9/28 Cubs 7:05p
Thu, 9/29 Cubs 7:05p
Fri, 9/30 at Cardinals 8:15p
Sat, 10/1 at Cardinals 4:15p
Sun, 10/2 at Cardinals 3:15p

All results come from the scores reported on ESPN’s Pirates results page.

2016 Opening Day Roster

As we approach the start of the 2016 MLB regular season, here’s a quick look at the expected opening day roster for your Pittsburgh Pirates. This includes all the starters in the field, top reserves, starting rotation and bullpen.  Get yourself pumped up for the season with the hype videos recently posted on Youtube.

As you can see the core is back from last year’s 98-win team. The only notable losses from last year are second baseman Neil Walker (traded to Mets for starter Jon Niese), starter A.J. Burnett (retired), third baseman Pedro Alvarez, relievers Joakim Soria and Joe Blanton and third baseman Aramis Ramirez (retired).

The heart and soul of this baseball team is centered around elite outfielder and MVP candidate Andrew McCutchen, who is part of one of baseball’s best starting outfields. McCutchen holds down center field, while two other emerging stars in Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco are on the corners.

The other big part of this Pirates team is their starting rotation, which is headlined by their two-headed monster at the top in Gerrit Cole and Francisco Liriano. The Pirates are home that additions of Niese and Juan Nicasio will be able to play a big role until their two young studs, Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow, are ready to come up from the minors.

The Pirates also figure to have a solid bullpen once again in 2016. The unit is headlined by one of the best closers in the game in Mark Melancon and one of the best setup men in the business in Tony Watson.

Check out the Pirates season schedule to see who they will be playing in the next few days.

Starters
Francisco Cervelli (Catcher)
John Jaso (1st Base)
Josh Harrison (2nd Base)
Jung Ho Kang (3rd Base)
Jordy Mercer (Shortstop)
Starling Marte (Left Field)
Andrew McCutchen (Center Field)
Gregory Polanco (Right Field)
Top Reserves
Chris Stewart
David Freese
Sean Rodriguez
Matt Joyce
Starting Rotation
Gerrit Cole
Francisco Liriano
Jon Niese
Jeff Locke
Juan Nicasio
Bullpen
Mark Melancon
Tony Watson
Neftali Feliz
Jared Hughes
Arquimedes Caminero
Ryan Vogelsong

Keep abreast of any changes in the roster by viewing the official Pirates 25-man roster page at MLB.

Pittsburgh Pirates Videos

I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing I enjoy more than a good Pittsburgh Pirates video to get me excited about our team. I’ve put together some of my favorite videos that I have come across. Be sure to check back often, as I will continue to add more great videos when I come across them.

2016 Pump Up Videos

Here’s a look at my two favorite videos that are all about getting you pumped up for the upcoming 2016 season. I have watched both numerous times and will continue to do so as the season progresses. Forget the Cubs and Cardinals, 2016 is our time to win the NL Central and win our first World Series since 1979!

Player Highlight Reels

While it’s all about the team, it’s always fun to take a look back of the individual highlights of some of the best Pittsburgh players. Checkout these highlight reels for the 2015 season from Pirates stars Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, Gerrit Cole and Fransico Liriano




Best Walk Off Wins

Relive some of the greatest Pirates wins of all-time. Here’s a video that takes a look at Pittsburgh’s walk off wins. I was lucky enough to be in attendance for a number of these games. As much as I like a blowout victory, there’s something special about winning a game in the final at bat!

Funny Pirates Moments

I’m not one to make fun of our team, but you have to be able to laugh at yourself. Here’s a look back at some of the all-time best bloopers and whacky moments by our beloved Pirate players and fans. Grab a cold one and get ready to laugh. I highly recommend watching this multiple times!