It's only April 27, and the 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates have already left me speechless.
What else can you say after a loss like last night's 17-3 defeat, the 22nd in a row for the Bucs in Milwaukee? They can't hit, they can't pitch, and they continue to trot out this ridiculous lineup with the pitcher batting 8th as if that's making a difference.
The Brewers have outscored the Pirates 53-4 in four games this season, and they will face them seven more times before the end of 2010. During their current seven-game losing streak, the Pirates have been outscored 72-12, with an ERA of 13.32. I'd say they were embarrassing the city at this point, but I think we crossed that bridge with this team a long time ago.
There are calls to fire John Russell and Neal Huntington, but really, what's the point? Hit the franchise reset button again? Embark on another new five-year plan? I think there's no GM and manager combination in baseball history that could help this team under this ownership regime.
Like I said, I'm at a total loss right now when discussing the Pirates. I tried to be fair and give this team a chance this season, but that's obviously blown up in my face. The rotation is a complete disaster, which leads into an overworked and therefore under-performing bullpen. The team ERA is 7.74, so unless the Pirates are putting up at least eight a game, they're probably going to lose. They're 27th in runs scored, 25th in team batting average, and 27th in slugging percentage, which would lead one to the conclusion that they're not scoring eight runs a game. The players they were counting on for a big season have for the most part been massive disappointments thus far. And they're 23rd in the majors in fielding percentage, so we can't even look to defense as a bailout for this squad.
People will say that it's still early, but the Pirates don't have the luxury of that excuse, for their 0.0 credibility with fans. This is not the Red Sox, who will eventually turn around their season, and if not, just spend enough to turn it around. This is a team that's lost for 17 straight years and has their fan base prepping for the sky to fall. Oh, it's fallen, all right. And it can't get up.
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