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.