These Pirates just are not good. They’ve been a Wild Card team for each of the past three years and averaged 93 wins a year from 2013-2015, a decisive break from their twenty consecutive losing seasons.
But right now they’re 53-53 and the face of the franchise, Andrew McCutchen, has been so lost all year that they benched him for the entire Braves series. I don’t mind kicking a team while they’re down, but the Braves winning the series probably says more about them than it does about us.
Still, the Braves are 6-4 in their last ten games, and the offense has played a big part. Here’s how these guys did tonight (and their triple slash over their last 10 games):
Jace Peterson: Batted leadoff and went 0-3 with a walk. (.303/.439/.364)
Erick Aybar: Batted second and went 1-4 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored. (.455/.500/.545)
Adonis Garcia: Batted sixth and went 1-3 with an RBI double, a walk, and a run scored. (.366/.409/.561)
Ender Inciarte: Batted seventh and went 2-4 with two runs scored. (.400/.415/.425)
So, that’s pretty good. Of course, it’s basically regression to the mean from four guys who were pretty atrocious for much of the year, and whether or not it’s a dead cat bounce — it’s very possible that they still essentially suck, they’ve just had a good couple weeks — it’s been nice to see.
Tyrell Jenkins did another one of his tightrope walks. He has made five starts, and he has still never struck out more men than he walked. It’s great that he went six innings and gave up just three hits. But this is not a recipe for success. He’s certainly earned himself another start, but he’d better start throwing more strikes.
Bring on the Cards!