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First Pitch: Pirates’ Hitting will Become a Playoff Problem If Not Addressed

First Pitch: Pirates’ Hitting will Become a Playoff Problem If Not Addressed

Travis Snider is not fully healthy to play yet, and the Pirates need as many hitters as they can get. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

SAN FRANCISCO -- If you are in my age group or are a frequent visitor of a service called The Internet, you know about "First-World Problems."

(Hi, I'm James Santelli and this is the hackneyed start to my First Pitch column.)

Starbucks is no longer serving your favorite frappuccino? First-world problem. New printer not working? First-world problem. Want to watch episodes of Sports Night, but the show is no longer on Netflix and I don't subscribe to Hulu Plus? That's a first-world problem, but it's one that should get our collective attention first.

In the same realm, the Pirates' overall hitting at this point in the season is the equivalent of a first-world problem. This team is on pace to score about 633 runs this season, a total that would come near the results of last year and 2009 and surpass the awful teams of 2010 and 2011. As Pittsburgh te...

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James covers the Pirates beat for Pirates Prospects. He is a Broadcast Journalism student at USC and has written for such outlets as NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins. James previously covered the Pirates for Pittsburgh Sports Report. He also broadcasts play-by-play for the USC Trojans baseball team and was awarded the 2013 Chick Hearn Memorial Scholarship and Allan Malamud Scholarship. James dispenses puns at his Twitter account (@JamesSantelli) where he promises to write in first-person. Google

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