Editorial: In Pennsylvania, it is Primary Election Day across the state. As the public goes to vote for the upcoming November elections, who are the Pittsburgh Pirates that look like they could end up being the team’s award winners at the end of the season?
The Pittsburgh Pirates have started off the season with a losing record. They have had a lot of players underperform in the early going. Not to mention, they have had even bigger issues in terms of Starling Marte and Jung Ho Kang. Put it all together and the team is currently sitting in last place in the National League Central. The biggest issue has been the team leaving runners in scoring position. What has really led to this issue is that fact that two of their best hitters are currently suspended or not in the country. The other issue is Gregory Polanco and Andrew McCutchen have not performed at their expected level of production.
With that being said, the Pittsburgh Pirates have also had some bright spots on the team. Things have not been as bad as it seems with the team being in last place. They have received relatively good starting pitching in terms of what the expectations were at the beginning of the season. The bullpen has had some good performances, and some of the younger players have shown reasons to be optimistic about them going forward. So, on this primary election day, who looks like the early nominees to be the Pittsburgh Pirates award winners by seasons end?