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Series Wrap-up, 4/20 - 4/22 vs. MIL

Let's take a moment to channel our inner Denny Green:

The Pirates are who we thought they were.

That is, the Buccos are a team preposterously short on talent this year and likely destined for another season of triple-digit losses. Pirates fans knew to stay tepid after the team's relatively blazing 7-5 start, because the losses would soon start piling up much more rapidly. Tuesday through Thursday, they did.

During that span, Pittsburgh was destroyed by its nemesis, Milwaukee, by scores of 9-1, 8-0 and an incredible 20-0 in the finale. That's right - the PBC was outscored by a combined 37-1 in three games at home. Ryan Braun led the charge for the Brew Crew, going 7 for 11 with two. homers, eight RBI, seven runs scored and three stolen bases in the series. Great if he's on your fantasy team, but awful for the Bucs.

Nothing went well for the Pirates. They scored no runs off Milwaukee starting pitching, which included a start each by the underwhelming Dave Bush and Randy Wolf. Zack Duke, Charlie Morton and Daniel McCutchen (in hopefully his last start at the major league level) were all awful. Morton, somehow only the second-worst pitcher on this staff, couldn't make it out of the second inning in his start en route to raising his ERA to 16.55, and McCutchen got progressively worse throughout his outing.

In all, we learned, albeit in an extreme way, what we though about the Pirates: no depth in either the rotation or bullpen, and an offensive that can be described as spotty at best and anemic at worst.

The Pirates, now at 7-8, will head to Houston to take on an Astros team that might not score as many runs in April as the Brewers did this past series. But don't be surprised if the upcoming road trip is the second step (this series being the first) in an extended tailspin for the Pirates.