Most teams have played around 81 games by now, so the baseball season is half over. It’s a good time to assess which players on your team are likely to decline—and thus give you a chance to trade them to a desperate owner that doesn’t know any better. Likewise, you can scour league rosters for those players who have underachieved and smile all the way to October when they have superb second halves.
The Pirates came up short against the Houston Astros, losing 4-1 on Tuesday. Brad Lincoln (1-2) lasted six innings, giving up just two runs on five hits and striking out six.
The Pirates were shut out by the Houston Astros, 2-0 on Wednesday night. The Bucs drop to 62-74 as they recorded their third loss in as many nights.