Are We Seeing The Beginnings Of Another Long Losing Stretch For the Pirates?

2013-2015 could have been the oasis in a vast desert of losing

The Fan Morning Show
June 13, 2018 - 12:20 pm
Gregory Polanco

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - A few seasons ago the Pirates had a 98 win season and made their third consecutive Wild Card. Now, they’re on track for their third consecutive season under .500.

A month ago the Pirates were in the middle of a tight NL Central race but in the past 30 days the Bucs have gone 9-19 and as of Wednesday, are three games under .500. 

Colin Dunlap and Jim Colony asked if the 2013-2015 seasons were the oasis in what is to be another long stretch of losing seasons.

“It could be in a 43 year span, think of that, the best baseball you’ll ever see. It could be terrible for 20 years before and terrible for 20 years after,” said Dunlap. “It could be 30-40 years [for] Pirates fans and that was the oasis in the desert.”

And Dunlap adds the Cubs, Brewers and Cardinals are not getting worse.

Colony said a string of bad contracts have hurt the club in the past few seasons.

“The only big contract that they handed out that worked is Andrew McCutchen. That’s the only one. He outperformed his contract. None of the other guys have lived up to them,” said Colony.

Colony points out that Josh Harrison, Staring Marte and Gregory Polanco have not living up to their contracts

When the Pirates were winning and making the postseason, they didn’t make moves to improve their roster because they didn’t want to trade away their top prospects.

One listener sent a text to show and pointed out that the prospects they didn’t want to trade away in the past (Tyler Glasnow, Josh Bell and Polanco) are not part of the problem.

Of course it's only June but it isn't looking good for the Bucs.

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