Offense – the good
Starling Marte returned from the DL, and Austin Meadows continues to light it up. After last night’s game Meadows owns a .435 on-base percentage and he is slugging a cool .814. So, it is safe to say he is doing something right with the stick.
Meadows has been a bright like in a dark tunnel, and one can only hope that he’ll help lead the Bucs out of the abyss.
Offense – the bad
Aside from Meadows, the Bucco bats haven’t been hitting.
Considering that neither the rotation nor bullpen has been consistent, the Pirates need to hit to reach their ceiling in 2018. Right now, they aren’t doing that. Josh Bell needs to step up, and Gregory Polanco needs to look at least somewhat competent. Occasionally having David Freese and Sean Rodriguez in the of the middle of the lineup doesn’t help matters, either.
There is still more than enough firepower for the Bucs to score runs, but it’s not showing up at the moment.