If the Pittsburgh Pirates could face Carlos Marmol all the time, the the offense would be all set. For the second time in their three game series with the Chicago Cubs, the Pirates rocked the Cubs closer. The Pirates still came up short and dropped the rubber game of the series 3-2.
In the series, the Pirates mustered just 13 hits and six runs against a Cubs staff that is hardly the greatest collection of hurlers ever assembled. The Pirates pitchers did their job, holding the Cubs to just six runs of their own.
There are many individuals contributing to the anemic effort. Highly paid catcher Russell Martin is hitless in ten at bats, Gaby Sanchez has one hit in ten at bats and Garrett Jones has a hit in nine at bats. With numbers like that, the Pirates are lucky they didn’t get swept. This of course is nothing new for Martin as he struggled all of last season trying to get above the .200 mark, but you expect more out of Sanchez and Jones.
When the schedule first came out and I saw the Pirates hosted the Cubs to open the season, I thought it was a great opportunity for the team to get off to a good start. It winds up just being a missed opportunity. Now things just get tougher because they head out to the California to face the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Hopefully the pitching staff can continue what they are doing and the offense comes out of hibernation. If that happens, the immediate future could be bright for the Pirates.