One knows the times are rough when the Pittsburgh Pirates are testing out alternative lineups. Such is the case in Baltimore, where the Pirates are hoping an offense will see new life with Ike Davis batting second, Starling Marte batting seventh and either Jose Tabata or Travis Snider is leading off.
Early results were mixed. The Pirates rolled out the lineup in the first game of the doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, notching nine hits, but just one run in a 5-1 loss.
Pedro Alvarez went 3-for-5 with an RBI, and Marte went 2-for-3, but the bottom two spots in the lineup combined to go 0-for-8, and Davis was 0-for-5 in his first game hitting out of the two-hole as a Major Leaguer.
The lineup has potential, but it rests on Ike Davis' shoulders. If he can draw walks and get on base, the lineup is sure to produce an adequate amount of runs. If not, it won't matter how well Marte does out of the seven hole or if Snider or Tabata can somehow be a quality leadoff hitter.
The Pirates are running out a similar lineup for the second game of the doubleheader, so it is safe to assume the team will attempt to use the lineup for the upcoming week, and potentially longer, if it proves successful.
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