The Pittsburgh Pirates have three more games left on the 2022 schedule before they head home for the winter.
They’ll play three games against the NL Central champion St. Louis Cardinals starting tonight.
The Pirates have had a very difficult season, as was expected.
This is a team that has yet to reach the postseason since 2015 and has not finished above .500 since 2018.
But a few bright spots emerged, one of them being Oneil Cruz.
Having him and Ke’Bryan Hayes in the infield could make for an exciting upswing for the Pirates.
Pirates general manager Ben Cherington shared a statement yesterday about the state of the team and expressed hope for the future.
Pirates GM Ben Cherington was asked on @937theFan today what he would say to fans on the fence about coming out to the ballpark or maybe purchasing season tickets. Here's his answer: pic.twitter.com/MtFpAJTAZQ
— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) October 2, 2022
Cherington Expresses Hope For Future
Cherington here expresses that losing games has been just as tough on him as it has been on the fans.
Fans in Pittsburgh haven’t had anything to cheer about over the past several seasons.
But it appears that Cherington is hopeful that things may turn around here soon.
He makes it clear that he’s invested in trying to turn the team around and return them to postseason contention.
It may be tough for Pirates fans to hear it right now, but at the very least, Cherington appears committed to helping Pittsburgh re-emerge as contenders in the near future.
Cruz and Hayes in the infield is exciting to think about.
Bryan Reynolds in the same lineup as those two also gives them some solid pop.
Cherington has been a part of winning organizations before, having been the general manager of the Boston Red Sox when they won it all in 2013.
Perhaps just a few savvy moves could help get the Pirates back on track.
We’ll see if Cherington delivers on his promise.NEXT: Miguel Andujar Is Thriving With His New Team