The Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff has been OK so far this season.
The Pirates’ ERA is 4.28, just 0.02 below the major-league average. The mark also ranks 18th among the 30 MLB teams.
While that is a tad better than the Pirates’ 4.66 ERA last season, which ranked 26th, it’s probably not good enough to win a division title or even gain a wild-card berth.
So, that is a large part of the reason why the Pirates have always been looking just as much to the future as they are at the present despite being in first place in the National League Central when the month began.