Pittsburgh Pirates home stand report card for June 15-24

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PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 24: Colin Moran #19 of the Pittsburgh Pirates walks back to the dugout after striking out in the seventh inning during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park on June 24, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 24: Colin Moran #19 of the Pittsburgh Pirates walks back to the dugout after striking out in the seventh inning during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at PNC Park on June 24, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /

Overall

Losing six of nine games at home is never ideal, but what about the Pirates is these days? Forget the NL Central. Forget the playoffs. If this team finishes with 80 or more wins, they’ll be lucky.

The fact that the Bucs are losing is frustrating, and the fact that organization doesn’t have the best 25 possible players on the roster is even more aggravating. Even if Rodriguez was DFA’d and Nick Kingham was in the starting rotation, however, this still isn’t a good baseball team.

There aren’t a lot of established major leaguers on this club. Bell and Taillon might not be as far along as we thought they were, Cervelli’s health is always an issue and while guys like Colin Moran and much of the young bullpen are promising, their most significant contributions will (hopefully) come a little further down the line.

Watching a bad baseball team is brutal. But life goes on.

Overall Grade: C-

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