Heading into the All-Star break, Kumbaya-vibes were at a season high among the Pittsburgh faithful. Having just completed a magical series against the Cardinals, everything was right in the world.
A week later, our fortunes have reversed.
The Pirates opened the season's second half by suffering a demoralizing sweep at the hands of the lowly, hated Brewers. Nor does that represent the entirety of their woes. Jordy Mercer is out for six weeks, which means we're in the early stages of the Brent Morel Experience. Implications for both the starting third base and bench situations are dire.