Remember when the Pirates mattered? At the All-Star break they made a couple of deals to load up for their playoff push, adding Ryan Ludwick and Michael McKenry…yikes. Ludwick has hit .244/.354/.317 and McKenry, who was added due to injuries at catcher, has hit .227/.276/.326. Not like these two were actually going to make a big difference, but maybe if they both hit .700 after being acquired the Pirates wouldn’t be 13-29 since the trade deadline and 20-39 in the 2nd half.
Now, currently sitting at 67-82, the Pirates are guaranteed to have a losing record for the 19th straight season. It was so cute how they were 47-43 in the first half and shared first place into July. It gave fans in Pittsburgh a reason to show up to PNC Park for something other than the nice stadium with a Grade F baseball team running around on it.
There isn’t much hope when a team loses 67% of their games after a great start, right? Well, they still have Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker. They still have James McDonald, Paul Maholm, Charlie Morton, and Jeff Karstens, who all showed signs of life this season before the team collapse. They need to have a hump-buster, rush a prospect or something, to show that they are serious. It’s not like they have had any luck developing talent over the last 19 years, otherwise they wouldn’t be in this situation. Jameson Taillon, Starling Marte, Gerrit Cole, and Josh Bell are great building blocks to add to those listed above; however, the culture of continued failure could be all that it takes for these guys to become just another group of bums who didn’t change anything for Pirate fans. Congratulations on seeing reality and becoming meaningless once again, Pirates. At least the Rooney’s are in town.