AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh launched on fuboTV at the beginning of the year to get you ready for every Pens and Pirates game. For more information on the channel launch and how you can sign up for AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh, click here.
How to Watch the Pittsburgh Pirates on fuboTV
A majority of games will be available on the local Regional Sports Network AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh. Others will be broadcast on national channels. Check here for the full-season schedule.
TV: AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh, ESPN, FOX, MLB Network (out of market only)
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch MLB free with fuboTV)
Now onto the field. Just about every power ranking going into the 2021 season has the Pirates finishing at the bottom of the National League, if not in all of baseball even behind the rebuilding Baltimore Orioles. Starling Marte was already gone to Miami in 2020 and Josh Bell was traded for to the Nationals for even more prospects. Even as the Pirates best player with his powerful bat, maybe it was for the best as he only hit .226 on the season. Pittsburgh won 19 games last season. That's a .317 winning percentage which was their worst since 1952 and translates to 51 wins over 162-game season. While that trajectory isn't likely to change much this year, that's the end of the bad news.
There are still many reasons to watch this season. The future of this team is already here and things look promising. On the pitching front, Mitch Keller is expected to be an anchor for this rotation after he put up a 2.91 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 21.1 innings. He didn't have a great spring but he put up a scoreless outing in his final appearance before the regular season.
Probably the most exciting player though in the entire organization is Ke'Bryan Hayes. He's only been in the majors for a month and has true potential to be the best player in recent franchise history since Andrew McCutchen. Hayes hit after was called up on September 1 and the organization's patience (or however you want to look at it) paid off as he hit .376/.442/.682 over 24 games. The third baseman is described as a five tool player. He will bat second in this lineup but if he continues to put up power numbers (five homers in 85 ABs last season) he will be the heart of this lineup. Don't be surprised if this guy wins NL Rookie of the Year. He's that good.
Even if the Pirates have an historically bad season, that'll come with a top-pick in the 2022 draft. Last time they picked first-overall was a decade ago when they drafted Gerrit Cole. There's precedent for success here and it's only a matter of time before it comes together. Tune in this season so you can say you saw these guys first.