State of the Pittsburgh Pirates I: Jekyll and Hyde

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Jameson Taillon
Apr 28, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli (left) talks with Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon (right) near the pitching mound during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /

Overall State of the Pirates: Smoky 

Things have been rough for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2017, and with the terrible news about Jameson Taillon that we learned on Monday afternoon, it looks like they will only get worse.

There just doesn’t seem to be a whole lot positive to say about this team right now. The offense is terrible, the starting pitching just lost one of it’s best arms, and the bullpen can only do so much if the other two machines aren’t running properly. A lot of this is due to unfortunate circumstances that one could not have seen coming before the season, but plenty of players that aren’t hurt or suspended still are not pulling their weight.

Coming into this season, I thought that the Pirates had a chance to compete for a playoff spot. Now, it looks like they may not even top last season’s 78-win total.

It’s depressing to think that, just two years ago, this was a 98-win ball club that could have won the World Series if they were in any other division in Major League Baseball. Now, they are mediocre.

Even though it is early, the outlook is not brilliant for the Pittsburgh Nine.

One can only hope and pray that this team turns it around.