Pittsburgh Pirates Marooned For Yet Another Year

Charlie CoxCorrespondent IAugust 12, 2009

PHOENIX - JULY 25:  Starting pitcher Ross Ohlendorf #49 of the Pittsburgh Pirates watches from the dugout during the major league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 25, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

With last night's win over the Colorado Rockies, the Pittsburgh Pirates end their eight-game losing streak, the longest in the MLB this season—not to mention all eight games were at home.

The Pirates also hold the longest losing streak on the road with five consecutive losses.

After another long and disgusting season, September and the end couldn't be nearing any sooner.

For the second season in a row, the Pirates traded away all their talent for the cheap prospects of tomorrow. Of course it seems the Buccos have been rebuilding for the past 17 years, starting with the unloading of Barry Bonds and Doug Drabek.

The 22-year-old rookie centerfielder, Andrew McCutchen, has become the face of the organization. Though a contender for the Rookie of the Year award, McCutchen lacks definite leadership, along with the entire clubhouse.

Lack of leadership has appeared to be the plaguing factor towards the latter half of the season, with the departure of veterans Jack Wilson and Freddy Sanchez.

The Pirates' new faces resemble a AAA team. Only one player on the roster, Luis Cruz, is over 30-years-old, and is a bench player.

Ross Ohlendorf, last years acquisition in the Nady and Marte trade, has posted the most wins on the season for the club with 10—a number no Bucco starter could reach last season except in the loss column.

Ace Paul Maholm has only posted a very mediocre 6-6 record after leading the club in wins last season. Teammate Zach Duke has improved from an injury-plagued past two seasons to obtaining nine wins this year.

The inexperienced and very inconsistent bullpen has blown it's fair share of games this season.

After trading away lefties John Grabow and Sean Burnett, the Pirates' pen doesn't have a single southpaw. The club relies on righties Jeff Karstens with a 3.99 ERA and Jesse Chavez with a 3.88 ERA to carry the load.

Closer Matt Capps is 2-7 with a 5.97 ERA and only 21 saves this far in the season.

Inexperience and youth on the team has hurt the organization. While it may help it in the future, there is no leadership, and from what I can see, there is definitely no heart.