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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 firs...

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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.

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