The Pirates return home after a Bronx Beatdown at the hands of the New York Yankees. The Bucs proved to be just what the doctor ordered for New York, as the previously struggling Yankees pummeled the Pirates by a combined score of 27-13.
Next on the agenda for the Pirates are the Texas Rangers and, believe it or not, one of these teams must actually win. The Rangers enter the series with the worst record in baseball (23-40, .365), "leading" the Kansas City Royals (24-40, .375) by 10 percentage points. The Rangers have been getting a hideous contribution from its starting rotation. Texas starters enter the series with a combined ERA of 6.87. Granted, The Ballpark at Arlington is a hitter's park, meaning that it makes the position players look a little better than they are, and conversely makes the pitchers look worse. But 6.87?! As if things weren't already looking bleak for the Rangers, star First Baseman Mark Teixeira was recently placed on the Disabled List with a groin injury.
Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.