The Pirates Search For Offense Continues
By Tom Smith
Pittsburgh Pirates April Baseball
It certainly will get quite a bit of coverage today: the Pittsburgh Pirates are off to an historically bad start to the 2013 season. We went back and pulled up the Friday April 13th post from 2012.
The Pittsburgh Pirates offense has been pretty stinky:
The Pirates team batting average was .199 last year on April 13. The Pirates batting average heading into Arizona tonight is .119.
Last season, the Pirates team on-base percentage was the worst in all of baseball at .241. The Pirates OBP right now is .188, by far the worst in all of baseball.
On April 13, 2012, the Pirates team slugging is the worst in all of baseball at .293. Right now, the team is slugging .159 –it’s hard to even fathom.
The Pirates on-base plus slugging was .535, easily the worst in baseball last year. Right now, it’s a whole lot worse. That is really hard to even imagine, but it’s .348.
The 2013 Pirates have scored eight runs in six games, worst in MLB.
The 2013 Pirates have 21 hits. When we wrote this at 11pm, 20 teams had more runs than the Bucs had hits.
The Pirates have five extra base hits. Cutch has three of them.
The Pirates have struckout 54 times. Pedro Alvarez has ten of those punch-outs, in his 22-at bats.
If you look at the Triple-A roster, it’s hard to imagine much offensive help on the way. Indy is hitting .202 as a team with an International League low 24 hits. The hot sticks are Alex Presley who is carrying the Indians offense; Matt Hague, who had a good past two days, and Brandon Inge, who homered on Sunday, leading Cocktails to tweet that the HR made it inevitable that Inge would head to Pittsburgh after his rehab, instead of getting DFA’d.
Let’s trust it all changes for the better in Arizona tonight.