Pittsburgh Pirates Look to Continue Success in Desert

By Michael Terrill
Pittsburgh Pirates Look to Continue Success in Desert
Derick Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Pirates have gotten off to a terrible start to begin the 2013 Major League Baseball season. However, the good news is they will be facing off against the Arizona Diamondbacks, a team they have had plenty of success against in recent contests.

Pittsburgh is 1-5 through their first six games in large part because of their inability to have success on offense. The Pirates rank dead last in all of baseball in runs scored (eight), batting average (.119), hits (21), home runs (1), doubles (four) and at-bats (176). The pitiful showing is certainly not what the team had in mind entering the season, as many fans felt Pittsburgh could contend in the National League Central.

On the other hand, the pitching for the Pirates has been fantastic. In fact, Pittsburgh was the only team that entered Sunday’s game that had yet to allow more than three runs in a single contest this year. Unfortunately, the Los Angeles Dodgers put an end to that when they scored six runs.

It is critical that the Pirates put their woes behind them and start fresh this week against the Diamondbacks. Pittsburgh took two of three games from Arizona last season and have won three of their last five. Even better, the Pirates are batting .238 with six home runs and 18 RBI in their last five games in the desert.

With Wandy Rodriguez taking the mound Monday night, Pittsburgh feels they have a legitimate shot at winning their first game since Rodriguez started last Wednesday. However, it will not come easy, as the Diamondbacks have only lost one game so far this season. Not to mention, Rodriguez has a career 3-6 record with a 5.48 earned run average in 46 innings against Arizona.

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