The Official 2019 Pirates Thread
PLEASE BE EASY ON ME GUYS!!!
I know each off season make it harder and harder for me to muster the courage to start this thread and talk about Bucco baseball. You can easily chalk me up as a loyal fan who is increasingly disheartened.
That said, I am a loyal fan and have been since the early '90s. I figure if I (we) can endure that much what is a little more. So here it is; The Official 2019 Pirates Thread. The thread for us to discuss that highs, lows, and everything in between that is Pirate baseball.
The out look by the "experts" is that this team still finishes around .500. Young pitching staff that made great strides last year coupled with one or two offensive play makers and they can linger around for a bit. As we all know the biggest problem is how much everyone in the division got (Cubs didn't really do anything, but did they need to?). Reds added some aging but still solid pieces, Brewers got a big missing piece in a catcher, and the Cards added what I believe one of the most underrated 1B in the league. They sprinkled in some trades, some salary dumps, and some free agents all in an effort to get better and compete. The Bucs. They added Chisenhall, who despite the snooze signing does have some upside IF he can stay on the field. They brought back Papa Francisco who could be solid in a relief role. Then they got those other middle infielders who together don't add up to much but who knows. Lyles, the projected 5th starter, meh.
The biggest disappointment in the whole thing is they rolled the dice and broke tradition by shipping top prospects for Kela and Archer. The problem is they didn't follow it up in the off season. They threw away young talent for established talent, great, but did nothing else to support the team.
I digress, this isn't an off season rant. Well you can feel free, I am trying to remain optimistic. Tallion, Archer, and Williams make a very good front 3. Musgrove has some potential. Lyles I'm not sold on but he probably gets first crack. Kingham and Brault are out of options so they are likely long relievers/spot starters. I will be curious how they handle the catchers. They tried to move Cervelli but health concerns kept teams away. Stallings is also out of options and there is no one else in the pipe line after him so if doe some reason Cervelli or Diaz go down they risk not having a catcher even at AAA level.
All in all I would agree with the experts. I think this team has enough talent to play around .500. Maybe play spoiler. Best case scenario some of the young ones really step up. Worst case......well we know that we've lived it for years.
...but those that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. -Isaiah 40:31
Last edited by Backwoods; 02-15-2019 at 01:52 PM.