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The Pittsburgh Pirates are a ball club at a cross-roads already in a young season that’s only 2 games in.
The starting rotation has been a surprising strength as they boast the 2nd best quality start percentage in baseball, yet, they sit 4 games under .500 with an 8-12 record.
The Pirates are missing two key cogs in Starling Marte and Jung Ho Kang because of stupidity from both that gives the Pirates a built in excuse already for not contending in 2017 but why is this team such a bad fundamentally sound ball club and whose shoulders does it eventually fall on?
They can’t field and it’s a bad group running the bases.
This is an atrocious fielding team and it’s not like it’s just one guy as the Pirates issues defensively have long been focused on Andrew McCutchen in center field. It’s almost at every position. If the Pirates were even average in the field, they’re probably 3-4 wins better right now.
Some around baseball believe the Pirates being such a bad team in the field and other areas that are not always measured by talent, will lead to the team finding an excuse to part ways with manager Clint Hurdle at somepoint before the 2018 season.
Hurdle is under contract for 2017 with a club option for 2018.
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