Pittsburgh Pirates home stand report card for 5/30-6/6

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PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 04: Melky Cabrera #53 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates his two run home run with Starling Marte #6 during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at PNC Park on June 4, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

The offense

Averaging more than six runs per game over any stretch is impressive. The Pirates did that this week, and if you pay attention, there are plenty of positive storylines regarding the offense.

Starling Marte is hitting .464 over the past seven days, and .526 in the short month of June. Bryan Reynolds continues to be in the mix for NL Rookie of the Year and pushed his hit streak to 14 Thursday afternoon. While the seemingly indestructible  Josh Bell cooled down when the calendar changed, he reminded the world that he’s still a freak with a three double performance to cap off the home stand.

Others such as Gregory Polanco, Colin Moran and Melky Cabrera had moments in the sun over the past week. To add to the offense injured outfielder Corey Dickerson will likely rejoin the team this weekend in Milwaukee.

Since the start of May the Pirates are averaging 5.1 runs per game. It certainly appears the offense has turned the corner from its early season woes The Pirates can hit, and they’ll need to hit with the status of the rotation and bullpen still up in the air.

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