In the end, it was more of a "cumulative" and "added" risk, as explained by Allegheny County executive Rich Fitzgerald on The Fan Morning Show this week. It would have been a cool aspect of this 2020 season and would have provided a boost to the local economy as well.
Maybe. For me, I see a 24-36 team. Depth and pitching will still be tested and I don't think the Bucs have much of either outside of Musgrove and Williams at the top of the order. They got a great draw as far as an AL division with the Central. It's not very deep. But the NL Central should be the best race in baseball as every other team outside the Pirates should be, at the very least, around .500 and in contention.
Here's some other Pirates predictions for me:
-Bryan Reynolds hits for a .325 batting average or higher: Shorter season means easier to maintain higher batting average numbers. I love his short, simple swing and seasoned approach.
-Trevor Williams will have the team's lowest ERA among starting pitchers. Mitch Keller will have an up and down year that will leave us all still questioning what he will become in the Majors: Musgrove might have flashier stuff, but Williams is crafty and deceptive. Keller seems to lack that confidence and swagger and I suspect he will look like a Cy Young candidate one start, and like a 5th starter the next.
-Gregory Polanco will play fewer than 40 games. Cole Tucker will play more innings in the outfield than the infield: This is kind of a cause and effect thing. I just don't trust Polanco's ability to stay healthy and Tucker will be one option to fill that spot defensively. Whether or not he'll be able to hit better than .211 remains to be seen.
-Colin Moran's bat will at least soften the calls for Ke'Bryan Hayes: Moran had a bit of breakout year offensively in 2019 and has looked good in both Spring Training's this year. Hayes is still the future at third, but Moran's bat keeps him in the lineup.