Pirates fans have plenty of experience musing in the existential, at least as far as baseball goes. Plenty of seasons (and this one counts as exciting, actually) have left us wondering just what the hell we’re watching, why the hell we’re here and why we ever came back.
But the Pirates are ours, and sometimes this concept is better accepted looking into an opponent. The boring Padres, with their boring uniforms, come into town and I sit there and wonder what we’re all doing. But they’re a real, live Major League Baseball team, with a manager, with players young, old and in between.
And now, of course in September, come the Marlins. J.T. Realmuto (.288/.350/.507, 20 HR) is the real deal, and spent the year openly coveted by the fellow-crappy-National-League-East-member Nationals. What else? ... One of the Brians Anderson had a nice start, and now has a .271/.354/.396 line befitting a Brian Anderson. And that’s good for second on the team in fWAR. Miami’s pitching fWAR leader is Jose Urena, an unremarkable pitcher only really known for beaning a guy because he was hitting the ball too darn far, too darn much. Lewis Brinson might be interesting, I guess?
But they’ve got uniforms and everything. It’s really great.
Season Series: 2-1 Pirates
April 13: Marlins 7, Pirates 2
April 14: Pirates 1, Marlins 0
April 15: Pirates 7, Marlins 3
Friday, 7:05 p.m. — Dan Straily (5-6, 4.13 ERA) vs. Chris Archer (4-7, 4.56); TV: AT&T SportsNet
Saturday, 1:05 p.m. — Wei-Yin Chen (6-9, 4.64) vs. Ivan Nova (7-9, 4.35); TV: AT&T SportsNet, MLB Network
Sunday, 1:35 p.m. — Jeff Brigham (0-1, 9.00) vs. Trevor Williams (12-9, 3.15); AT&T SportsNet
- Is Marlins Park unnecessarily big?
- The Marlins will encourage fans to bring “musical instruments, flags and more” in a special section of the park next season.
- The Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate will move from New Orleans to Wichita, though the New Orleans Baby Cakes brand should live on in a Double-A franchise.
How many games will the Pirates win against the Marlins?
This poll is closed