Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 4/12/13
Starling Marte has been the Pirates best offensive threat through the seasons first nine games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have gotten off to a 3-6 start in their first nine games of the season but their record does not indicate how well they COULD be if everything was clicking to this point. Let’s begin with the offense: The Pirates have had a very poor start to the season with the bats. The only guy who has been swinging a hot bat to this point is leadoff man, Starling Marte, who is currently batting .333, with 4 RBI. Marte has made every at bat count thus far, putting up a stiff challenge for the opposing pitchers. It is after Starling Marte where everything on offense starts to fall apart for the Pirates. As I said a few articles ago, superstar Andrew McCutchen needs to play like he did last season in order for the Pirates to contend in the NL Central. Thus far, “Cutch” has hit .233 but his hits have earned him 13 total bases in 30 plate appearances with 1 home run, and 3 doubles, ...
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