Pittsburgh Pirates: Weekly Hot Takes 4/29

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Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports /

The Pittsburgh Pirates have now played 22 games so far this season.

It has been sort of up and down in terms of wins and losses.  However the Pirates have won 4 straight games and begin a series with the Reds tonight! Let me give you some Pirate hot takes!

Pittsburgh Pirates have deep bench players.  We have seen in the last two series Matt Joyce and Sean Rodriguez hit home runs.  This is no fluke.  Clint Hurdle has a good foundation of both everyday players and bench players.  Once Jung Ho Kang returns it will be interesting to see where David Freese plays.

The Pittsburgh Pirates starting rotation is looking strong. Look we all have bad weeks.  It seems we all panic when things aren’t going as planned.  Jon Niese and Juan Nicasio needed to get their feet wet.  Gerrit Cole was injured and Jeff Locke continued to struggle.   Things seem to be shaping up and as long as the Pirates continue to score runs, the rotation should be fine.

These Pittsburgh Pirates are scoring a pile of runs. It seems offense has not been an issue for the Pirates.  With Jaso leading off and Mercer hitting eight, literally everyone in the lineup has been hitting the ball.  The Cincinnati series was a rough one but scores of 11-1 12-10 and 9-4 are just examples of the amount of runs this team can produce.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are a fun team to watch.  If the pregame dancing doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will.  This team is full of professional characters and they are just so fun to watch.  The way they play the game and support one another is really cool to see.  We can all expect the dancing to continue but let’s all be hopeful that the Pirates will continue their winning ways!

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Pittsburgh will return home and win the series 2-1 against the Reds. It will be nice to be back to Eastern Time zone games and I am sure the Pirates are excited to return home to PNC Park.  Saturday should be a high scoring game with Jeff Locke and Alfredo Simon scheduled to start.