Three Reasons For Optimism Entering The Offseason
The 2017 Pittsburgh Pirates should score a lot of runs
More than likely, the Pittsburgh Pirates will have one of the best offenses in all of baseball in 2017. This is due to both their starting lineup and bench. And a powerful offense can help cover up a lot of warts.
The Pittsburgh Pirates should have a better Andrew McCutchen in 2017. They will get a full season of Jung Ho Kang and Josh Bell. Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco continue to improve as hitters and Fracisco Cervelli is an on-base machine.
Additionally, the Pirates’ bench should be strong in 2017. This is due to players such as Adam Frazier, John Jaso, and David Freese. The 2017 Pirates should have no problems scoring runs.
The Pirate offense will get power from Kang, Polanco, and Bell. Cervelli, Bell, Polanco, and Jaso are all above average on-base guys. And players such as McCutchen, Marte, and Frazier are all strong contact hitters. It should be a balanced attack in 2017.
The Pirates finished sixth in the National League in runs scored in 2016. This came after finishing fifth in the league in runs scored in 2015. Personally, I think the 2017 Pirates’ offense could be even better than this.