John Wehner: Pirates Are In A Tough Spot To Make A Postseason Run

'I don’t know how realistic it is to think that this Pirates team has a chance to win a World Series this year'

Joe Kapp
July 20, 2018 - 3:11 pm
Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell (middle) is mobbed by teammates after driving in the game winning run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the tenth inning at PNC Park. Pittsburgh won 7-6.

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The red hot Pirates who swept a 5 game series over the first place Brewers are ready to open the second half of the season tonight in Cincinnati. Pirates Broadcaster John Wehner joined Cook and Poni on Friday to preview the second half  and wonder if that series heading into the break changed his outlook on the season.

“There in a tough spot,” Wehner said. “When you got 6, 7 or 9 teams running for the same wild card spots and you are at the bottom of that…it’s a tough call to sit there and say you got to make a move to make a push.”

He says the Pirates will face a very difficult schedule in the remaining 65 games which features a big chuck of games on the road where they have not fared well against teams with above .500 records. He does think the Pirates could be active at the deadline but not necessarily to try and make a run for this post-season.

“I think if they do make trades  they are going to make trades that make them better not just for the last 65 games but for next year and beyond.” Wehner added.  

He says the Pirates could make a splash in the second half but the challenge is jumping over so many teams to get into a wild card spot and then when you look at the talent that is out there the Pirates don’t matchup favorably.

“I don’t know how realistic it is to think that this Pirates team has a chance to win a World Series this year.” Wehner said.

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