For the fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates (16-23), the crew of the Jolly Roger has sailed into rough waters over the first quarter of the 2017 campaign. Coming into Wednesday night’s matchup with the Washington Nationals, Clint Hurdle’s squad is 8-8 at PNC Park and 8-15 away from the City of Bridges.
Comebacks have been few and far between as the Bucs are 1-20 when they are behind after the eighth inning. Pittsburgh’s team batting average of .224 is 14th in the National League. The San Diego Padres are one point back in last at .223.
The voters for various Major League Baseball Power Rankings around the internet have taken notice and downgraded the Pirates accordingly. Let’s look at this week’s results for the Boys of Summer from along the North Shore.
Joel Reuter of Bleacher Report moves the Pirates down five steps to No. 26 with the Phillies, Braves, Marlins, and Padres propping them up from the bottom of the rankings.
Over at CBSSports.com, Matt Snyder has the Burgh Boys of Summer tumble seven slots to No. 27. Snyder joins the chorus of Andrew McCutchen doubters who believe Cutch is on the downside of his career.
From ESPN.com, their Major League Baseball Power Rankings has the crew of the Jolly Roger down five at No. 27 this week. John Fisher at ESPN Stats and Info reminds everyone that only one team has hit fewer home runs this season than Clint Hurdle’s squad.
Fanragsports.com’s David Brown in his Week 7 Power Rankings has the Bucs walking the plank from No. 22 to No. 25. He thinks pitcher Gerrit Cole’s days are numbered at PNC Park.
Dieter Kurtenbach of Fox Sports gives the Pirates a “D” grade for their .224 team batting average so far this season. The Boys from the North Shore slipped five to No. 26.
Jessi Pantuosco over at Rotoworld.com feels bad for suffering Pirates fans in Week 7 but slips the team down two notches to No. 24. He would like to see more from Gregory Polanco than a .252 batting average and six steals.
Pittsburgh collapses just three to No. 23 in the USA Today Power Rankings. The staff of USA writers does not like the Bucs’ -38 run differential at the quarter pole of the 2017 campaign.
Could Clint Hurdle be on the hot seat this summer? Who would management and ownership promote to take over for the interim? Let your fellow baseball fans know your thoughts in the comments section.
UPDATE: The Pirates’ offense showed some signs of life with three runs in the sixth and seventh innings Wednesday night in their 6-1 victory over the Washington Nationals.
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