Over and over your hear it, or read it: it’s all about Pedro. If Pedro turns it around, the Buccos have a chance. Without him, well, just forget about the season right now.
I would love to see Pedro succeed. He has only one full year under his belt, he has shown signs, his potential is obvious, and he wants to be a well-paid young man for a very long time. So the incentive is there, the talent is there, and he may end up justifying his enormous signing bonus. We’d all love to see it and it would make a huge difference for the Pirates this year, and well into the future.
However, I do not agree with the oft-expressed view that “for the Pirates to succeed, Pedro must succeed.” I don’t think it’s true, and I don’t think the Pirates’ management thinks so either. In fact, I think they are planning around the possibility that he is NOT a significant part of their present - or their future.