Pittsburgh Pirates Report Card for week of 4/28-5/4

Apr 30, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl (39) is injured on a play during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 30, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl (39) is injured on a play during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /
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Overall: C

The Pirates were what their 3-4 record says they were on this road trip, and that is inconsistent. This week saw flashes of brilliance, as well as some of the worst baseball the Pirates have played all year, which again has become a frustrating pattern in 2017.

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Considering the competition that the Buccos faced this week, they could and should have been better than 3-4. The Bucs are not playing good baseball right now, mainly because the lineup still has not found its rhythm, and nobody outside of Josh Harrison has been particularly impressive with the stick this season;

But considering all the Pirates have gone through with suspensions and injuries, and all that those setbacks have hindered the offensive product, 12-16 is not a terrible place to be.

The good news is that the Pirates starting pitching should remain solid throughout the year, and as I wrote before, the offense is in a state where it can’t get any worse. The Pirates also have a favorable schedule for the rest of May, with ten games against the Brewers, Braves, and Phillies, which will be opportunities to get back in the thick of things as the first half starts to heat up.

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At the end of the day, it is only May 5, and there is still a lot of work to be done. All we fans can do is sit back and see what happens.