The torture that was the 2019 Pittsburgh Pirates campaign was believed to have ended on the last day of the season in September.
But like every good disaster, pain for Pirates fans has snuck up again in October, as the incompetence of the team's regime will again be on full display this Thursday.
Game 5 of the ALDS clash between the Astros and Rays will feature a duel between Gerrit Cole and Tyler Glasnow, two starters Pittsburgh has traded away in recent years with very little to show for it.
Pittsburgh lost 93 games this season because of culture issues and horrific trades in recent years. With Clint Hurdle and several coaches already fired, there's reason to believe that new voices will bring a different dynamic to the clubhouse.
However, GM Neal Huntington is still around, and that should worry fans the most.
Cole and Glasnow have flourished after being dealt to new organizations, while the Pirates, well...have done the opposite.
The breakouts of the two pitchers isn't shocking, considering their former statuses as top prospects with big potential.
The depressing aspect here is that the Pirates were once known for signing cheap pitchers and resurrecting their floundering careers. However, the reality is that the team failed to maximize two big time starters, and gave them away for practically nothing (enjoy Colin Moran, Joe Musgrove, and Chris Archer!).
It's no secret that the Pirates organization is a disaster, but Thursday's Game 5 is yet another reminder.