2016 at a glance
Record: 78-83 (3rd in NL Central)
Hitting: 13th (4.50 R/G)
Pitching: 18th (4.21 ERA)
Last year I predicted a bad season for the Pirates and it came to fruition. This season I don’t have a strong opinion but there could be some bounce back, how much I do not know. Let’s look at the lineup.
This lineup is lacking power and the longball is important is today’s game. Lineup is solid and I am a huge fan of Marte and Cutch is ready for a bounceback season but again this lineup lacks the power that I’d like to see and that will limit their chances to do some big things considering that their rotation is not top notch.
|1||Gerrit Cole||SP||185||13||8||2.82||1.23||174||47||8.5%||95.2 mph|
|2||Jameson Taillon||SP||177||12||8||3.05||1.03||148||25||8.3%||94.3 mph|
|3||Ivan Nova||SP||154||9||9||3.80||1.31||127||35||9.4%||92.6 mph|
|4||Chad Kuhl||SP||121||7||6||3.79||1.29||87||29||8.9%||93.2 mph|
|5||Tyler Glasnow||SP||110||6||7||3.85||1.32||117||61||11.6%||93.5 mph|
|6||Trevor Williams||SP||85||4||6||4.45||1.35||52||24||9.8%||92.8 mph|
I am all in on Gerrit Cole, think he is the steal of the draft and will have a great bounceback season. Taillon was very good last season and we should expect the same this season. Their #1 and #2 are VERY VERY good and possibly underrated. Then we get to Nova batters have hit .301 vs him in road games last 3 season, lefties bat .312. ERA in the 4s. Nova can eat innings but he will give up his share of runs. Glasnow is someone I do not trust just yet and could be a bust considering some think he is going to have a huge season, the mental aspect of the game scares me a bit. Be careful with him. Kuhl allowed lefties to hit .300+ against him last season and is very young and I am expecting a pedestrian type season. Trevor Williams is an Arizona State stud who has great stuff and could be a good #5 if he gets there.
The rotation is good on the top, possibly even underrated. Nova, Glasnow and co concern me quite a bit and I think will be the reason they do not make the playoffs. No more Melancon in BP and now have Watson, Hudson, Bastardo. Not a BP that gives me the warm and fuzzies.
Expect no more than a .500 season unless Glasnow is a stud and the BP overachieves.