Analysis

After One-Hitter, Where Will The Pirates Get Offense?

After One-Hitter, Where Will The Pirates Get Offense?

Russell Martin has been one of the Pirates' best hitters relative to his position. (Photo credit: David Hague)

One day after the Atlanta Braves held the Pirates to just five hits in a 5-4 defeat win over Bucs and the day of Julio Teheran twirling a no-hit bid into the 8th inning, it seems appropriate to ask when Pittsburgh's offense will begin to turn it on.

Start with the basics: the Pirates are 10th in the 15-team National League in runs scored, 12th in batting average, 12th in OPS and 12th in wRC+. Now to my underlying stat of choice, Batting Runs, which is FanGraphs' hitting component for Wins Above Replacement. In this stat, the Pirates are once again 12th despite being 7th in RE24, which adds in the context of at-bats. Dave Cameron explains the concept of sequencing here.

Tr...

This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribers get access to all of our daily articles on the Pirates and their minor league system, with live coverage throughout the system on a daily basis. Our lowest rates are $2.22 per month under our Top Prospect Plan, which also gets you a 40% discount on the 2017 Prospect Guide. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

Analysis

James dabbles in the baseballey-writey world. He won the SABR Analytics Conference Research Award for contemporary baseball analysis. It was for that defensive shifts piece, you remember that? Not a huge deal, he also lost a bunch of other awards. He has also written for NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Sports Report and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins. By night, James is a television news reporter and weekend anchor for WKBN and WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio. Makes sense, seeing as how his degree from the University of Southern California is in Broadcast Journalism. James dispenses more bad jokes at his Twitter account, @JamesSantelli. It's there that he promises to write in the first-person.

More in Analysis

Ivan Nova Throws a Maddux in 4-0 Win Over the Marlins

Tim WilliamsApril 29, 2017

Pirates Notebook: Who is Danny Ortiz and What Role Will He Play With the Pirates?

Tim WilliamsApril 29, 2017

Luis Heredia Loses 20 Pounds After Reporting to Camp with High Blood Pressure

Sean McCoolApril 29, 2017

Pirates Get a Boost From Their Indianapolis Depth in 12-2 Blowout Over the Marlins

Tim WilliamsApril 28, 2017

Pirates Notebook: Gift Ngoepe Gets First MLB Start, Starling Marte Arrives at Pirate City

Tim WilliamsApril 28, 2017

Williams: The Pirates Have Run Out of Offense to Sacrifice in Favor of Defense

Tim WilliamsApril 28, 2017

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2016 Pirates Prospects