The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming...

- To quote TDK there.

But maybe that quote holds most true to the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Lost in losing 18 of 20 is the matter of fact. 

Fact, Andrew McCutchen, who is looked at and leaned heavily upon in this lineup has hardly played a season in the Majors.  He still has room to improve every aspect of his game, he is young, and yet he is the anchor of the lineup.

Fact, Garret Jones, a career AAA player has hardly played a full MLB season yet is looked upon as the guy to give us a power threat, to be a clean up hitter to the very best, but he is still just learning his way around major league pitchers too.

Fact, Tabata, Walker, Alvarez, our "other top 3" hitters are rookies.  Little experience in the majors, a month at most for a guy like Walker, yet the weight falls upon them to contribute daily or this teams offense flops.  I dont want to leave Doumit out, but he seems to be the odd man out in the upcoming years, maybe even this one.

Fact, the bullpen has been a surprising bright spot for this team, with a high number of those guys under control for the next few years, Meek, Hanrahan, even Dotel, the Pirates back end of games look to be a sealed deal, lets not forget about guys like Moskos and Veal even who can contribute in years to come.

Fact, and the worst one, the starting pitching has been awful.  But there is hope in the future, this years draft, Lincoln, DCutch, Morris, Owens, Locke, Adcock, Lorin, Cain, ZVR, Pounders, Wilson, etc.. while this years staff has preformed well below average there is more to look forward too.

This has been the worst the Pirates have played over the past few years, its a dark time, maybe even the darkest, but just remember, the dawn, the light, is right around the corner, just imagine breaking camp next year with all the guys I previously mentioned in Walker, Tabata, Alvarez, McCutchen, Jones, with all of them having more experience.  Patience is key, our time will come, and it will come soon. 


This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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