Pirates Power Rankings Roundup: Week 9
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 4th - "Mark Melancon bounced back from his first blown save of 2016 to record two more saves in the last week, tying him for second in MLB. Hitters have had a bit more success against him this year than in the recent past, but, through Saturday, Melancon has 67 saves since the start of the 2015 season -- and just three blown saves."
Pirates ranked 7th - 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 7th - "Cubs getting all the attention in NL Central, but don't sleep on the Bucs."
Pirates ranked 5th - "While they still trail the Chicago Cubs by 6.5 games, the Pittsburgh Pirates have started to separate themselves from the St. Louis Cardinals, as they now hold a three-game lead for second place in the NL Central.
A 5-2 showing last week earns them the No. 5 spot, despite a series loss to the Texas Rangers over the weekend. This Pirates team could get significantly better in June, too.
Once the Super Two deadline passes, expect one or both of Jameson Taillon (55.1 IP, 1.79 ERA, 0.795 WHIP, 8.8 K/9 in Triple-A) and Tyler Glasnow (56.0 IP, 2.25 ERA, 1.232 WHIP, 11.1 K/9) to join the pitching staff. Both are capable of making an immediate impact.
With Jon Niese pitching significantly better as of late, Juan Nicasio appears to be in the most danger of losing his rotation spot. He didn't exactly get a vote of confidence from manager Clint Hurdle after allowing four runs in 4.2 innings last time out, per Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review."