Losing is odd; when you lose in life, a whole rush of emotions fills your body. You might feel grief, shame, anger, or a combination of all three. As Pittsburgh Pirates fans, we all have felt all three of these emotions at one point or another. As time goes on and you see the losing, you start to become numb to it or apprehensive when someone says there is a bigger picture you’re not seeing.
With losing and losing a lot, you then enter into the number one pick race. As you all know, the Pirates received that very pick in the 2021 draft when the Pirates selected Henry Davis out of Louisville. Now the talks have turned to the 2022 draft race, and “who’s going to get Elijah Green?” has skyrocketed into casual conversations at the water cooler.
Much like the Green talks, the Pirates are now well within reach of being able to make that very same pick of Green. For a while, it was looking like either the Arizona Diamondbacks or the Baltimore Orioles would secure that number one overall pick. But thanks to the recent struggles of the Pirates (losers of five in a row, with only one win in their last 10 games) and the Diamondbacks winning a little more lately (5-5 over their last 10), the Pirates have been thrust into that conversation again.
The only obstacle in the Pirates way in terms of securing the number one pick is the Orioles at this point. With the Orioles losing 14 games in a row and having a 38-81 record, it will be tough for the Pirates to catch up. As it stands right now, the Pirates are in third place with a 42-79 record. The Diamondbacks are in second with a 40-81 record, and then obviously the Orioles in first place.
So if you’re into the number one overall pick race, then you know how important the series against the Diamondbacks on August 23rd-25th really is. Rebuilding is a tough process, and just like building a house, you need the foundation first. It takes a few broken eggs to make an omelet, and the Pirates are in that very same process.