Pittsburgh Pirates Offense is Absent

Charles LeClaire-USA Today Sports

The Pittsburgh Pirates offense has been so bad. Just how bad has it been, you ask? Borderline not watchable.

Sure, it’s only five games. However, it’s a shame that the Pirates have been getting outstanding pitching and wasting the great performances. Through five games, the Pirates have scored only six runs. That’s good for last in the MLB. Through five games, the Pirates are batting .127 as a team, last in the MLB. This is so frustrating to watch.

The statistics I am about to show you are from only the first four games, the statistics from the game tonight haven’t been updated yet. I will go through the Pirates batters and show their stats, just look at how ugly this is:

Starling Marte: .133/.188/.133

Neil Walker: .143/.250/.143

Andrew McCutchen: .308/.400/.462

Pedro Alvarez: .133/.133/.133

Garrett Jones: .167/.167/.167

Gaby Sanchez: .100/.250/.100

Travis Snider: .000/.000/.000 (only five plate appearances)

Russell Martin: .000/.143/.000

Jose Tabata: .000/.000/.000 (only five plate appearances)

Clint Barmes: .222/.222/.444

Those are the position players that have gotten the most playing time for the Pirates so far in 2013. All of those statistics will be worse tomorrow morning. Except for Marte because he was the only player to get a hit against Clayton Kershaw in the game on Saturday night. Marte picked up two hits in the game.

How can an MLB offense be this bad? Honestly, I’m not sure. Strikeouts are a huge key to it though. In five games, the Pirates have struck out 43 times. That’s far too many. Oh, and I forgot to mention that the Pirates still don’t have a home run through five games. They are the only team in the National League without a home run.

The Pirates pitching staff has been one of the best in baseball so far, and it’s unfortunate that guys like A.J. Burnett and James McDonald are taking “hard-luck” losses when giving up barely any runs at all. Something needs to change, and it needs to change quickly.

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