Pirates Power Rankings Roundup: Week 21
Below is a graph of where the Pirates have ranked over the course of the season.
And here is what Power Rankers are saying about the Pirates this week:
Pirates ranked 13th - "Mark who? In the season's first half, the Pirates' bullpen had a 3.70 ERA, which ranked a sturdy fifth in the NL. In the second half, they rank second in the NL with a 2.80 ERA, thanks in large part to former National Felipe Rivero (0.87 ERA), rotation refugee Juan Nicasio (2.49 ERA) and new closerTony Watson (2.08 ERA)."
Pirates ranked 16th - In Jonah Keri’s weekly power rankings he selects four teams to write about. Although your team was not chosen this week, Jonah’s work is well worth the read.
Pirates ranked 15th - "Sweep Giants, then swept by Marlins. Latter result a killer for wild card hopes."
Pirates ranked 17th - "Despite injuries to the starting rotation and a down season from star center fielder Andrew McCutchen, the Pittsburgh Pirates remain just three games back in the race for the second NL wild-card spot.
To his credit, it appears things have started to click for McCutchen of late.
He's hitting .283 with an .858 OPS in August, during which time he has more walks (13) than strikeouts (10), and he's returned to the No. 3 spot in the lineup.
Meanwhile, rookies Jameson Taillon (11 GS, 3-2, 3.00 ERA) and Chad Kuhl (7 GS, 3-1, 3.62 ERA) have been huge in the starting rotation.
However, ace Gerrit Cole has been absolutely shelled this month with a 5.40 ERA, 1.938 WHIP and a .366 opponent's batting average in four starts.
A lot needs to fall into place for the Pirates to make it four consecutive years in the playoffs, but they're not finished by any means."
Pirates ranked 15th - "I was starting to get excited about you, Pirates. A fantastic West-Coast trip that ended with a sweep in San Francisco, and McCutchen looked to be back on track. Then the Pirates got swept at home by the Marlins despite not having to face Giancarlo Stanton or Jose Fernandez. It's been an up and down year, and I have no idea if the Bucs will end up in a playoff spot or crash down around .500."