Is the ship sinking from the start? I know it’s only spring training. I know the games don’t count. But with one week remaining until the start of the regular season, do we have to have the 2nd worst spring training record in the league? Yes, the Bucs are 9-16 with a week to go. Doesn’t reflect anything you say? Why are the defending World Champion Astros 17-7? Why are the off-season dealing Brewers 17-7? Why are the Cubs 16-10? Yanks 14-11. Boston 17-8. Get the picture. Good teams perform well even in spring training.
One more item to notice. Good managers decide late in spring training season WHO their Opening Day starter will be. Good managers base it on spring training performance, readiness, who provides the best chance of winning on Opening Day. NOT the Pirates skipper. He decided three weeks ago that Ivan Nova would start because “he’s never had the chance to be the Opening Day starter.” Taillon gets to be the Home Opener starter as his reward…but the home opener is the 4th game of the season. No logic, because Hurdle cares more about individuals than he cares about the team. THAT produces some happy players…but a losing team. Can’t believe we’re stuck with him another 4 years.