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First Pitch: Pitching Has Been the Problem

First Pitch: Pitching Has Been the Problem

I wanted to take a step back tonight and look at how the individual players on this team are performing since the start of August. The team as a whole has been horrible, and watching the day to day action has gotten extremely frustrating. One day the pitching will be decent, but the offense won't show up. One day the offense will score seven runs, but the pitching will be horrible. It's hard to get a feel for what exactly is going wrong with the team going by the day to day swings.

I took a look at all of the players getting the bulk of the playing time, focusing on some basic numbers. I didn't go too in depth with this. It just scratches the surface of each player, but it should be enough to get a feel for how the team is trending. Notes are below the three sections.

Hitters
I only included hitters with 75+ at-bats since the start of August. Hitters are sorted by OPS, and OPS is shown as the fourth slash for convenience.

Garrett Jones: .301/.365/.526/.891, 156 at-bats

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