Comments on: Bullpen Strong Again in Pirates 3-1 Win Against Reds Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sun, 29 Mar 2015 02:12:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: emjayinTN Sun, 14 Apr 2013 12:22:26 +0000 Cannot overemphasize the importance of pitching, fielding, and clutch hitting. The Pirates are dead last in the majors with a .180 team batting average, and still continue to play competitive baseball. Eleven games with half against top echelon guys like Samardzija, Greinke, Kershaw, Cahill, and Cueto will have a tendency to lower your batting averages. The other 6 pitchers who faced the Pirates were not chopped liver either. The Pirates are in the Top 10 of the 30 MLB teams in Pitching, and 12th of 30 in fielding. Love the attitude of Jason Grilli saying that they are all closers at times, and that was very true last night.