The Pirates not only came through their important 10 game homestead with flying colors, but then took 3 of 4 from the hated Phils in Philly. We have won 10 of the last 13 and are leading in the suspended game. This is great news for the Pirates.
It is made even better by the fact that Andrew McCutchen is in a bit of an unnoticed slump. McCutchen is hitting only .235 and has a lower walk rate right now than in years past. Although he has a lower strike out rate as well, his BABIP is a measly .250. This gives one reason to hope that Andrew will break out in a big way. But the important thing is the Pirates are winning without him hitting. Add in the fact that Neil Walker is not hitting that well either, and we see that the Pirates may have actually found an offense.
In years past Neil Walker going down ended the offense as people were able to pitch around McCutchen. Now we have a lead off hitter in Marte who is playing great. We have a platoon that appears to be working at first and in right. We have Pedro who hits homers and nothing else. We have a catcher who is a power threat and that is enough to give our decent starting pitching and our great bullpen wins.
Let's hope that the platoon continues to work as that still is the place that concerns me. Better pitchers are on the way as Morton is looking good, and Lirano is stretching out. Both are an improvement over Sanchez.
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