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First Pitch: The Problem With the Pirates Offense

First Pitch: The Problem With the Pirates Offense

Dave Cameron of FanGraphs had a few interesting tweets about the Pirates offense this morning.

https://twitter.com/DCameronFG/status/354658538603282433

https://twitter.com/DCameronFG/status/354659337312018432

Lately it seems like the Pirates can't hit anything, and that's probably because they've scored one run in three of the last four games. But the offense hasn't been terrible. Cameron uses Weighted Runs Created Plus (wRC+), which measures a players runs created to the league average. The league average is 100, and every point above or below is a percentage point. Thus, the 134 for Andrew McCutchen means he is 34% above the league average, while the 75% from Travis Snider means he is 25% below the league average in runs created.

Cameron highlighted the guys who are getting a lot of playing time, although if you look beyond those guys, the bench looks pretty horrid. The Garrett Jones (104 wRC+) / Gaby Sanchez (115) platoon takes up one bench spot. Jose Tabata (135) and Tr...

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