The Pittsburgh Pirates got back on the winning side of things in yesterday’s 7-0 drubbing of the Chicago White Sox, but a couple of moments served as cautious reminders.
Backed by a strong start from Trevor Williams, the Pittsburgh Pirates took care of business yesterday in a 7-0 stomping of the Chicago White Sox.
The game had a little something for everyone. Gregory Polanco and Josh Bell had two hits apiece. Adam Frazier — who may be fighting to stay on this 25-man roster — had a home run. The club got clean relief from Kyle Crick and Richard Rodriguez.
However, it also had two cautious reminders of how fragile all of this — the Pittsburgh Pirates excellent first quarter of the season — might be.
Starling Marte, who has done everything one could ask of a three-hole hitter and centerfielder, left the game with “right side discomfort.” Francisco Cervelli, who to this point has shaken off a well-earned reputation for fragility, took a nasty pitch to the forearm, and was left with just a bruise.
These are two major cogs in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ fluid and effective run production. Though most can agree that the club’s depth this season is an improvement over the past two seasons at minimum, losing one or both of Marte and/or Cervelli would drastically change how this team’s everyday lineup is constructed.
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- Noted hall-of-fame prognosticator Jay Jaffe has serious doubts regarding Robinson Cano‘s potential Cooperstown candidacy after his 80-game PED suspension.
- Mitch Keller bounced back from an ugly start with a fantastic outing for Altoona last night.
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