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Pittsburgh Pirates’ Offense Catalyst for May Improvement

May 26th, 2014 at 6:13 PM
By Allan Smith

'Ike Davis' photo (c) 2014, Keith Allison - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Although Pittsburgh Pirates' pitching has regressed during the month of May, the offense, owner of the third highest OPS and the highest OBP in the National League over the month, has been at the forefront of the Pirates climb back towards .500.

An offense that finished in the bottom three of the NL in hits, doubles, triples, batting average, OBP, slugging percentage and OPS has seen a complete turnaround over the second month of the season after Starling Marte was dropped in the order, Ike Davis began hitting for average and Josh Harrison started his recent tear.

'Jemile Weeks, Starling Marte' photo (c) 2014, Keith Allison - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The Pirates offense leads the NL in hits, triples and OBP during May, scoring the fourth-most runs with the second-most steals and second-highest batting average.

Conversely, although the team is 13-11 over the month, the pitching has been amongst the worst in the NL. After finishing April with a 3.81 team ERA, good for just 11th in the league, the team has posted a 4.06 ERA in May, third-worst in the league. The staff finds itself in the bottom three in hits and home run allowed, batting average against and runs allowed.

April

Games: 25

Offense:

AB's: 860, 11th

Runs: 95, 12th

Hits: 191, 14th

2B: 24, 15th

3B: 3, 15th

HR: 27, 5th

RBI: 93, 12th

BB: 81, 6th

SO: 208, 6th

SB: 14, 9th

CS: 3, 1st

AVG: .222, 13th

OBP: .297, 13th

SLG: .351, 13th

OPS: .648, 13th

Pitching:

W: 9, 15th

L: 16, 14th

ERA: 3.81, 11th

Hits: 216, 7th

Earned Runs: 97, 11th

HR: 28, 9th

BB: 74, 6th

SO: 177, 15th

AVG: .251, 12th

WHIP: 1.27, 8th

May:

Games: 24

Offense:

AB: 829, 4th

Runs: 99, 4th

Hits: 233, 1st

2B: 41, 7th

3B: 8, 1st

HR: 18, 10th

RBI: 90, 5th

BB: 77, 3rd

SO: 179, 10th

SB: 15, 2nd

CS: 5, 8th

AVG: .281, 2nd

OBP: .353, 1st

SLG: .415, 4th

OPS: .768, 3rd

Pitching:

W: 13, 3rd

L: 11, 9th

ERA: 4.06, 13th

Hits: 220, 14th

Earned Runs: 97, 14th

HR: 26, 13th

BB: 76, 12th

SO: 164, 11th

AVG: .266, 14th

WHIP: 1.38, 12th

Tags: Baseball, MLB, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pirates

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