STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Let's just dispense with the notion that Jameson Taillon is the Pirates' "fifth starter" right now.
Even though, technically, that might just be true. At least in this rotation, which had been performing out of its collective mind before a considerable bump in the road out west:
[caption id="attachment_815207" align="aligncenter" width="629"] Taillon's peripherals only look "so-so" against the rest of the Pirates' rotation / Data through 4/28[/caption]
Despite an up-and-down start to his 2019 season, Taillon still should be recognized as the team's "ace," should you subscribe to that term. At the very least, his talent alone should quell any doubts.
A quick look at Pirates Twitter during his last start against the Diamondbacks shows a fan base that expected Taillon to exemplify something else. That certain something is another of those old reliable baseball terms, though this one has more of a tangible feel to it: "stopper."
Fate had other ideas, with Taillon laboring through five innings. Let's take a closer look.