Without question, Jameson Taillon is the ace of the Pirates pitching staff. So is Joe Musgrove. And Trevor Williams. And Chris Archer. And Ivan Nova.
And in their mind's eye, each of them is. And that's how Clint Hurdle views his starting rotation.
On any given day, each of the aforementioned is capable of taking the ball and pitching like a No. 1, according to the manager. More times than not lately, that's how it's played out. Even as the Pirates' playoff hopes fade as the season draws closer to its end, the rotation has been strong with the potential to be even better in the years to come.