Pirates Officially Done
Well folks, the time has come where the Pirates have now finally been mathematically eliminated from wild card contention. It was a result we expected that us Pirate fans didn't want to believe. The team definitely had its ups and downs throughout the year, but I believe the main thing to address in the offseason is the starting pitching. The Pirates undoubtedly had the bats to contend in the postseason, but the starting pitching was suspect throughout the year. It seemed throughout the season as if they could never sustain a five man rotation. It was due to injury or bad starts that they could never string together their five go-to guys to establish some consistency. The starting pitching was a mess as guys were told they were starting the game tomorrow with no kind of warning. Some bad luck ended the season for Josh Harrison and practically ended the season for Starling Marte with their injuries. To sum up the season in one word I would use the word "disarray." They hardly seemed to be on the same page and that was partly due to injuries, but also due to substandard play. The team's only goal now can be to play for .500 as they are 77-80 with five games left. I have to credit the team for how they played facing adversity late in the year. The Bucs never gave up and heart was shown. Next year, you best believe the Buccos will find themselves playing October baseball once again. This franchise has worked too hard to get to this point; it will pay off for years to come.