State of the Pittsburgh Pirates I: Jekyll and Hyde
WOAT: John Jaso
Now that Phil Gosselin plays for the Indianapolis Indians, this category is a no-brainer for me.
Anybody who has watched the Pirates this year is frustrated by how much John Jaso we’ve been forced to sit through. To rip the Band-Aid right off, Jaso has been atrocious with a capital A. He has been so terrible that, according to WAR, he is one win worse than a replacement player. That is not an easy feat to accomplish.
Coming into the season, I did not expect Jaso to be a superstar. But I did expect him to be a key bat off the bench, possibly the Pirates number one pinch-hit option. That has not been the case, as through Monday, Jaso is hitting .141 with an OBP of, are you sitting down?; .236.
Yes, it is true that the Pirates offense has an almost terminal lack of depth. But even considering that, I still think that Clint Hurdle should find a way to sit Jaso on the bench as much as possible, especially considering that Jose Osuna is showing promise in right field.
For all of the terrible things we’ve seen from the Pirates offense, none have been more horrifying than number 28.