The Purbalite

Pirates look to propel to playoffs with pitching staff

Senior+Austin+Bechtold+believes+the+Pirates+can+return+to+the+playoffs.
Back to Article
Back to Article

Pirates look to propel to playoffs with pitching staff

Senior Austin Bechtold believes the Pirates can return to the playoffs.

Senior Austin Bechtold believes the Pirates can return to the playoffs.

Jaiman White

Senior Austin Bechtold believes the Pirates can return to the playoffs.

Jaiman White

Jaiman White

Senior Austin Bechtold believes the Pirates can return to the playoffs.

Austin Bechtold, Podcast Editor

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






With the Steelers’ organization in chaos and the Penguins playing inconsistently all season, the city of Pittsburgh has one team left to rely on: the Pirates. The team is coming off of a 82-79 season and will rely heavily on its young, up-and-coming starting rotation and lights-out bullpen.
Budding ace Jameson Taillon will return to anchor the staff, with Joe Musgrove looking to improve on his first year with the Bucs, Trevor Williams hoping to maintain his strong finish, and Chris Archer preparing for his first full year in a Pirate uniform.
Taillon (3.20 ERA) and Williams (3.11) took major steps forward in 2018 that they hope will continue into the 2019 season. Williams finished the season with a Cy Young type run, compiling the best second half ERA in baseball at 1.38. Taillon, meanwhile, added a slider after early-season struggles, providing him with another strikeout weapon that was nearly unhittable.
This is without even talking about Archer and Keone Kela, the Bucs’ big additions at last year’s trading deadline. Archer, a two-time All Star, will look to provide leadership to a team hungry to reach the postseason for the first time since 2015. Top pitching prospect Mitch Keller should also provide a spark midseason by bringing his power arm to the rotation.
Kela will join Felipe Vazquez, Richard Rodriguez, and Kyle Crick in a strong back end of the bullpen, dubbed by Vazquez as The Wolfpack.
Strong pitching should be complemented by the continued improvements of Gregory Polanco and Francisco Cervelli, a bounce-back year from Josh Bell, and solid consistency from Starling Marte and Corey Dickerson.
The Pirates will bank on the strength of their young pitching and get back to the playoffs.

About the Contributors
Austin Bechtold, Staff Writer

Austin Bechtold is a senior and this is his second year on the Purbalite. He can be found on the boys volleyball team, at major sporting events, and always...

Jaiman White, Staff Writer

Jaiman White is a junior and this is his second year on The Purbalite staff. If he’s not fighting for his right to party then he’s probably expanding...

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Pirates look to propel to playoffs with pitching staff

    Sports

    Ford gets offers from Nebraska, Syracuse, Pitt

  • Pirates look to propel to playoffs with pitching staff

    Sports

    Softball team scores big win against Peters

  • Pirates look to propel to playoffs with pitching staff

    Sports

    Boys tennis readies for crucial match against West Allegheny

  • Pirates look to propel to playoffs with pitching staff

    Sports

    Column: After playoff flop, change will come to Pens

  • Pirates look to propel to playoffs with pitching staff

    Sports

    Wade leaves lasting impact on NBA

  • Pirates look to propel to playoffs with pitching staff

    Sports

    Boys volleyball come out on top in non-section match

  • Sports

    Seniors Bartic and Brandwene sign to play sports in college

  • Pirates look to propel to playoffs with pitching staff

    Sports

    USWNT looks to defend World Cup title this summer

  • Pirates look to propel to playoffs with pitching staff

    Sports

    Boys Volleyball scores rebound victory over Peters Township

  • Pirates look to propel to playoffs with pitching staff

    Sports

    UFC 236 to crown two interim champions

Navigate Right
The student news site of Baldwin High School
Pirates look to propel to playoffs with pitching staff