The MLB season is a little over a week old, and so far there haven't been many bright spots for the Pirates. That obviously comes with the disclaimer that the season is only about a week old, which means you can't weigh performances too heavily. You can use those performances as a guideline for future roles and expectations. For example, I don't think I would be trusting Antonio Bastardo in any role other than cleanup duty right now, until he can show that he has better control of his pitches.
It has only been two starts for Jameson Taillon, but so far the second year starting pitcher has shown some positive signs, and reasons to be hopeful about future expectations. Taillon has given up just two runs in 13 innings over his two starts, with four walks and ten strikeouts. This follows a ...
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