Austin Troutman / Sports Editor
As another week passed, fans got another true look at what the Pittsburgh Pirates could be like in 2018.
This team, just 18 games into the young season, has won 12 of them.
An 12-6 start is pretty good, as Pittsburgh sits atop the division by a game halfway through April.
With the injury to second baseman Josh Harrison that takes him out for about six weeks, new questions face Pirates’ fans across the country.
Since Harrison went down with a fractured hand, the offense sputtered and put up two runs in two games.
These results came against the Colorado Rockies in the first series loss of the season so far.
Time will tell if this is just an anomaly over a couple of games or if this is the beginning of a tailspin.
The bright side, however, is that the pitching has stayed strong and consistent for most of this first month.
Starting with young ace Jameson Taillon, the top three starters have looked good.
Taillon is second in Major League Baseball in earned run average with a miniscule 0.89.
Following him is Trevor Williams, who has proven himself with a 3-1 record.
The highest paid pitcher in the rotation often gets questioned in times of struggle.
In the Pirates’ case, that pitcher is Ivan Nova.
Nova occasionally seems shaky on the mound, leaving fans curious as to why the team decides to hang on to him.
However, since his first two starts, Nova seems that he has found something here in the month of April.
He defeated the Cubs and Marlins to improve to 2-1 and looks as though he can solidify this young rotation as a veteran presence.
The first real test for this team was said to be the Chicago Cubs.
Pittsburgh took two out of three, but the Cubs were struggling and did not have one of its best players due to injury.
Now, the first real tests are at home with the Rockies who won the series against Pittsburgh and the St. Louis Cardinals when they come to PNC Park on April 27-29.
Much baseball remains to be played in 2018, but this team can still either be pretty good or another frustration of a season.
Only time will tell.