Gregory Polanco Has Added New Dimension to Pittsburgh Pirates’ Offense
Other than the Pittsburgh Pirates‘ disgusting loss to the Miami Marlins on Sunday, they have played very well in June. June, of course, is a crucial month for the Pirates. With a good June, the Pirates will probably approach the trade deadline as buyers; with a poor June, well, they won’t. A major reason behind the Pirates’ recent success, aside from improved pitching, has been the stellar play of their outfield, most notably Gregory Polanco.
Polanco has played in six games for the Pirates since his promotion. In those six games, he has hit .387/.406/.484 with a 155 wRC+ in 32 plate appearances. He has one home run to go with seven runs and five RBIs. Clearly better than anything Travis Snider or Jose Tabata would give the Bucs over a six-game stretch, eh?
Remember when Pirates fans wanted Starling Marte to be benched and, in some cases, demoted to Triple-A? Well, none of those scenarios are still being discussed. In June, Marte is hitting .333/.378/.476 with a .854 OPS. Being sandwiched in the lineup between Polanco and the reigning MVP Andrew McCutchen has been great for Marte.
Now, what can I even say about McCutchen’s month of June? First of all, I guess I should warn you: these statistics I’m about to show you aren’t safe for children. In 60 plate appearances, Cutch is hitting .415/.483/.981 with a 1.464 OPS. Is it even legal to slug .981 over a three-week period? It probably shouldn’t be. Send this guy to prison for being too good, am I right?
The Pirates will have an incredibly exciting outfield for quite a few years, with great defense, speed and offense from all three outfield spots. Marte, McCutchen and Polanco will eventually make up the greatest outfield in baseball, if they don’t already. The athleticism the trio shows off on a nightly basis is just incredible.