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Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo. The good, the bad, and the ugly for the Pittsburgh Pirates. That’s the theme of this series – shout out to the Italian man himself,  Francisco Cervelli, for the inspiration. Let’s jump into the week that was!

The good and the bad sections will be self-explanatory, looking at both the good and the bad of the week. The ugly will simply be a section that covers all of the other random notes of importance from the week.

 

The Good

Trevor Williams takes front and center in the good section this week. In Trevor’s last five starts, he has given up a total of two earned runs. Even though Jameson Taillion has pitched well recently, Williams has felt like the staff ace and stopper for the better part of two months.

Williams will have perhaps his most important start of the season this week against the Cubs, hopefully he can continue to pitch lights-out and shut down the Cub’s hot offense.

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Elias Diaz should win player of the year for the Pirates in 2018. That’s not an award by the way, but if it was, my vote would be for Diaz.

Diaz wasn’t supposed to start 51 out of the Pirates first 121 games. But he did. Diaz wasn’t supposed to hit for power this year. But he has. Diaz has hit a home run every 23 at-bats on average this season. In fact, Diaz wasn’t even supposed to hit for average this year. But has posted a .299 batting average that continues to rise during the second half of the season.

Many players on the Pirates this year have failed to live up to their expectations (think Josh Bell, Gregory Polanco, Starling Marte, Jameson Taillon, etc.). Elias Diaz has lived up to, and has far exceeded any expectations that were laid out for him this season. I mean, just look at this swing from the game against the Twins on Wednesday.

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