Believe it or not there are just 12 games remaining in the 2016 Major League Baseball season. So, which Pittsburgh Pirates are under the most pressure in these 12 games?
From the start of a Major League Baseball season until the end pressure is on every player in the Big Leagues. Players are under pressure to perform not only to help their teams win but also to keep their spots in the Majors.
Even in the final two weeks of the season the pressure is still there. For some players it is because your team is competing for postseason spot. While for others it is because they are trying to impress their manager, coaches, front office, etc. for next season.
For the 2016 Pittsburgh Pirates, it is a bit of both. The Pirates are currently four and a half games out of the final National League postseason spot. So, odds are, the Pirates will not be competing in the postseason for a fourth consecutive season. However, they are not mathematically eliminated yet.
While doing their best to still compete for a postseason spot, the Pittsburgh Pirates are also starting to prepare for the 2017 season. This puts different pressures on different players for varying reasons. However, there are three players in particular that I believe are under pressure in these final 12 games.