I have something to show you. You're probably going to want to cover up the computer screen or make the browser smaller, so that nobody sees you looking at this at work. It's bad. Real bad. The kind of thing kids shouldn't be allowed to look at on the internet. It's the Pirates' offense through six games.
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This is so bad. Andrew McCutchen and Alex Presley have almost half of the club's hits, and if you throw part-timer Casey McGehee in, three players do have more than half of the team's hits. There's almost no power to speak of, there's almost no plate patience to speak of, and there are strikeouts everywhere.
There is good news, though. It's impossible to imagine a big league team hitting this badly over the course of 162 games. The Pirates are on pace for 297 runs this year in an era where less than 600 runs is terrible. Their OPS+ of 56 through this point in the year is the equivalent of a whole team hitting the way Pedro Alvarez hit in 2011. It's not possible for a whole team to hit this badly for a long stretch of time.
The bad news is that I'm not sure it's time for an uptick quite yet. The Bucs will face Matt Cain at the Giants' home opener this afternoon and even though Barry Zito and Ryan Vogelsong aren't exactly difficult draws, AT&T Park isn't the most hitter-friendly place in the world. Maybe a trip to Arizona will turn things around or maybe a return home against the Cardinals' mostly lackluster pitching staff will do it. I won't promise that they'll get a lot better because there are obviously some huge flaws in this team's ability to hit baseballs, but it can't be this bad indefinitely. Things will definitely start looking up sooner or later. Hopefully the pitching will be as good then as it has been through these first six games.
I think this might be the absolute ideal of "build a wall around it". If we let these first 6 games color our impressions of the season, we're going to spend the whole time miserably expecting a complete offensive collapse, even when it's going well.
Now we just need the Bucs to lay down a couple bricks to get us started.
i have a hunch that their BABIP is ridiculously low... they seem to be making better contact the last few games, but they're right at the defense.
"Capuano struck out five hitters and four of them went down looking."
"there's almost no plate patience to speak of"
Maybe McLouth was right, they just have bad eye doctors?
I've been pleased with McGehee so far. just about rest of the offense (minus) cutch is an eyesore.