Originally written on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 11/15/14
Starling Marte has been right in the middle for the Pirates early season success Throughout my last couple of articles I have shifted away from covering the Pittsburgh Pirates, but this article I am back to cover the main reason to their early season success. The Pirates are currently 17-14, 3 games back of NL Central leading St. Louis Cardinals. The reason for the Pirates success has been because of some great pitching from their rotation and from their bullpen, combined with possibly the most overlooked talent on the team, left fielder, Starling Marte. I said in my Pirates preview earlier in the season, that the key to the Pirates success would be Andrew McCutchen, and while the load is certainly still largely on McCutchen’s shoulders, he has gotten off to a slow start by his standards, batting .250 with 4 home runs and  17 RBI. Starling Marte has been the one picking up the slack for McCutchen, and the Pirates need this from guys like Marte to be able to continue to fight as the...
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