Pittsburgh Pirates road trip report card for 8/6-8/15

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DENVER, CO - AUGUST 7: Jameson Taillon #50 and manager Clint Hurdle #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates embrace after Tallion finished a complete game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 7, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 7: Jameson Taillon #50 and manager Clint Hurdle #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates embrace after Tallion finished a complete game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 7, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 24: Adam Frazier /

Offense – the good

There were a few positives to take from this road trip for the offense, highlighted by a trio of 10+ run performances.

Josh Bell has stepped up since returning from the DL last Wednesday, but the biggest story from an offensive standpoint this week is Adam Frazier. 2018 hasn’t been easy for the utility man, but he’s come on in the second half of the season and is hitting .438 in August. If Frazier can keep up this hot stretch, he can be a wildcard in the Pirates postseason push.

Offense – the bad

While Bell has been excellent since returning from injury, the same can’t be said for the Pirates outfield. Corey Dickerson and Gregory Polanco are hitting under .200 for August, and Starling Marte hasn’t been much better at .216. Since those three were the driving forces behind the team’s surge in July, and August hasn’t been as good,  it’s safe to say that the Pirates’ success, or lack thereof, goes hand in hand with what their outfield is going.

It’s hard to say a stretch in which the Pirates scored 10 or more runs three times in nine games was bad, but in the end, this road trip was mediocre largely because of the offense not getting the job done when it needed to. So, overall, I think a fat C is in store.

C

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