The Pittsburgh Pirates have played six games, and currently sit at 1-5. The issue isn’t necessarily the record through only six games, it is actually the lack of offense being shown from the Pirates as a team. The Pirates have hit one home run, it was on Sunday off of Andrew McCutchen’s bat.
The Pirates as a team have a battling-line of .119/.188/.159. One player on the Pirates is hitting over .250; Starling Marte is hitting .261. Sure, playing at PNC Park and Dodger Stadium isn’t going to allow for a bunch of home runs, but it’s not like the Pirates were playing at Petco Park where home runs are almost impossible to hit.
Starting Monday night, the Pirates will be playing the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field, a notorious hitters’ park. In 2012, Chase Field was fifth in the National League in home runs per game. Chase Field allowed 2.15 home runs to fly over its fences per game in 2012.
For a team struggling to hit like the Pirates are, having the Diamondbacks on the schedule has to be a blessing. The Pirates are clearly lacking confidence at the plate, they are having bad at-bats, and seem extremely uncomfortable. Hopefully in the first game of this three-game series, someone will hit a home run early in the game for the Pirates.
Confidence can be contagious. It would be ideal for the Pirates if Garrett Jones, Pedro Alvarez, and Neil Walker can all go deep in tonight’s game, because they are all players the Pirates rely on to hit home runs, along with McCutchen. McCutchen got the monkey off his back in Sunday’s game.
With how good the pitching has been for the Pirates, the offense needs to catch up, because the Pirates are digging themselves into a hole that can be difficult to climb out of. Too many solid pitching performances have been wasted already because of the Pirates inability to hit the long ball.