The Pirates lost their third straight game last night. Oakland 2, Pittsburgh 1.
The Pirates’ batters in the ninth included Travis Snider and Mike McKenry. McKenry (.189 batting average) made the last out as a pinch-hitter. Clint Barmes, Brandon Inge and Jose Tabata were in the starting lineup.
Don’t tell me the Pirates are good enough. That their bench is deep enough.
The Pirates are overachieving. Not as good as their record. Nothing wrong with that. But management clearly needs to improve the team between now and the July 31 trade deadline.
The window is open. It could easily slam shut next year. This season provides a rare opportunity. A once-in-two-decades opportunity.
If the Pirates don’t want to trade top prospects like Gregory Polanco and Jameson Taillon, OK. But don’t stand pat. Don’t use preserving chemistry as an excuse.
What the Pirates do before this year’s trade deadline and what they do this off-season reveals their level of baseball acumen and their commitment to winning, if any. Pay close attention.
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