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Two Promotions the Pirates Need to Make

Two Promotions the Pirates Need to Make

With a .335 average and an .897 OPS, Presley should be in the majors.

The offense for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year has been, no pun intended, hit or miss.  The Pirates have scored one or fewer runs in six of their last ten games.  Not surprisingly, their record in those games has been 1-5, including two straight 5-1 losses to Cleveland.  The pitching has been great this year, but no pitching staff should be expected to pitch six 1-0 shutouts in a week and a half.  It's not like the Pirates need much run support.  The team is 32-11 when the offense has scored three or more runs this year.  They are 3-24 when the offense scores two or fewer runs.  That's not surprising.  What is surprising is that they've managed to score two or fewer runs 25 times this year.

The Pirates currently rank 25th in the majors in runs with 259, tied with Oakland.  They rank in the bottom third of the league in average, on base percentage, and slugging percentage.  There are a lot of reasons for this....

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