The offense is starting to come to life
Really, this goes back to before the start of this series. In the nine games prior to this series the Pirates were averaging 6.1 runs per game. Unfortunately, due to struggles of the pitching staff the team went just 3-6 in these games.
Outside of Sunday’s 4-2 loss, the Pirates scored at least 5 runs in each game of their series against the Brewers. Overall, the team scored 27 runs against the Brew Crew which is a healthy 6.8 runs per game.
The improved Pirate offense has been driven by some unexpected contributors. Kevin Newman and Bryan Reynolds are both having great rookie seasons, and Melky Cabrera is hitting like it’s 2012 again. Mix in Josh Bell having a MVP type season, Starling Marte is doing his thing, and Elias Diaz is starting to heat up offensively.
After a slow start to the season, the Pirate offense appears to be back on track. Unfortunately, the team’s defensive follies continue to bite them and the pitching staff, largely due to injuries, has done a complete 180 from their strong start to the season. As a result, despite the offense getting back on track, the team is just 4-10 in their last 14 games.