Baseball season is over. While there are still officially 55 games left on the Pirates schedule — just more than a third of the absurdly-long MLB calendar — Pittsburgh’s season is essentially over thanks to them winning two of their last 10 contests, falling from two games out of first to 6.5 back of the red-hot Cubs.
But before your turn your attention fully to the Steelers, we need to properly blame all those who contributed to another lost Pirates season.
Welcome to the Pirates Blame Edition of the Pittsburgh Sports Power Rankings.
10. Andrew McCutchen
Andrew McCutchen is having a bounce-back year. After struggling most of last season and at the start of 2017, he’s reverted to his usual baseball brilliance and is on pace to hit 30 home runs, drive in a 100 runs and hit close to .300. Where he gets some of the blame, however, is that he didn’t start hitting until late May. By that time, it seems the front office had already given up on the season and proceeded to act accordingly. So if we could give McCutchen any advice for 2018, it is this: be awesome from the very start and maybe the team will splurge on a decent reliever or utility infielder or something to aid you in your baseball endeavors. Okay? Great.
9. Tyler Glasnow
Tyler Glasnow on photo day at "Pirate City."Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
It’s hard to pin any blame for a lost season on a 23 year-old rookie pitcher, but Glasnow was (is?) the best pitching prospect in the Pirates system and the team hoped to get more out of him than a 7.45 ERA. Glasnow has been dominating since his demotion to Triple-A — with a 1.46 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 55.2 innings — but The Incline covers Pittsburgh sports, not Indianapolis sports. Sorry, Indianapolis.
8. Gerrit Cole
Cole hasn’t been bad. He hasn’t been great. He’s been what Gerrit Cole has now established himself as five seasons into his MLB career: a pretty good starting pitcher who is a solid No. 3 on a legit contender. On the Pirates he’s miscast as the ace, when we all know his best role remains Badger: