Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call – Questions at the hot corner

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As I watched the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers play in game two of the National League Championship Series Sunday night, two players really stood out to me and made me think about the Pittsburgh Pirates current situation.

They just so happened to be the star third basemen, a position in which the Pirates have many questions surrounding.

For the Dodgers, Justin Turner has emerged into arguably one of the best third basemen in baseball and once again came up big last night, driving in all four runs in a Dodgers 4-1 victory that gave them a 2-0 lead in the series. Turner drove in a run in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game at 1 and hit a walkoff three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth off John Lackey to send the fans in LA home happy.

This postseason, Turner is now hitting .375.

On the other side, the Cubs have former NL MVP Kris Bryant. While he has struggled this postseason, hitting under .150, he is still a star in the game.

This made me think a lot about the Pirates situation at third base heading into 2018. David Freese served as the primary third baseman in 2017, playing 116 games at the hot corner. While Freese didn’t put up terrible numbers, hitting .263 with 10 home runs and 52 RBIs in 130 games, he didn’t exactly look like an ideal option as an everyday third baseman.

He is much more suited as a bench player or a guy who can contribute every other day in more of a part-time role.

What will be Freese’s role in 2018? That question is unknown.

Jung Ho Kang may factor into that decision, but his future and status is unknown as well.

And what about Jose Osuna? There had been reports that he was fielding groundballs at third base this past year, and while it was understood that he wouldn’t play the position in 2017, will he get a shot to man the hot corner in 2018?

I think it might be worth a shot considering the outfield may be crowded depending on the status of Andrew McCutchen, and it could keep Osuna in the lineup on a regular basis.

The Pirates have a lot of decisions to make when it comes to the third base position, a position that many of the top teams in baseball have filled with some of the best players in baseball.

After years of searching, the Pirates finally found their first baseman of the future in Josh Bell and answered questions regarding that position, so hopefully the team can do the same at third base sooner rather than later.

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Jose Negron

Jose Negron is a 22 year old journalist from the North Huntingdon area. A recent graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, Jose has written for Rumbunter and Pirates Breakdown for the past year. He is the former Editor in Chief and Sports Editor of Cal U's campus newspaper, the Cal Times. He also covers high school sports for the Mon Valley Independent and serves as a contributor for Pittsburgh Sporting News, covering the Pirates. During the summer of 2015, he also interned with TribLive Radio, writing for their online blog, helping in the production of various radio shows and even appearing on the air.