Where Did It All Go Wrong For The Pirates?

Sean Gentille Joins Joe Starkey In-Studio To Talk About The Downfall Of The Pirates

Kraig Riley
July 05, 2018 - 4:40 pm
Josh Harrison Gets Hit By A Pitch

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PITTSBRUGH (93.7 The FAN) - Here on July 5th, the Pirates sit 11 games out of first place and just 2.5 games out of last place in the NL Central.

Joe Starkey invited Post-Gazette sports writer Sean Gentille in-studio to talk about a number of Pittsburgh sports topics, including this one.

Sean has an exact time frame where he believes things started downhill for the Pirates.

"It's not replacing J.A. Happ and A.J. Burnett, that's it.  When they walked into that next season coming off a 98-win year with the rotation in the shape that it was, Vogelsong, the obligatory Searage cast of misfit toys...that's it.  They needed to address the rotation that was losing two very important parts and they didn't.  They needed to replace two and they replaced none!"

Joe added onto that talking about the trade of Neil Walker which took place at that same time and how that hurt the fan base.

"He was in many ways symbolic of their rise from the ashes...I'm not saying they shouldn't have traded him, just not for that [John Niese]!"

The guys went on to talk about why the team could have kept someone like J.A. Happ but they weren't willing to spend the money they said they would once fans showed up.

Click the audio link below to hear more on this topic and where it all went wrong for the Pirates.

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