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First Pitch: It’s Hard For the Pirates to Win When These Five Players are Struggling

First Pitch: It’s Hard For the Pirates to Win When These Five Players are Struggling

We're almost a month into the 2014 season, and the Pittsburgh Pirates are off to a rough start. They're 10-16, the offense has been poor, and the pitching has been closer to middle of the pack than a top group this year. There are calls for Gregory Polanco to arrive on a daily basis, along with any other help the Pirates can find. Guys like Polanco would help, but the truth is that this team is seeing several of their expected top performers struggle. As long as that is happening, they're going to continue to lose, with or without Polanco and company from Triple-A.

You can't make much of the stats from the first month of the season. To put things in perspective, this time last year Andrew McCutchen had a .661 OPS, while Travis Snider had an .812 OPS. McCutchen went on to win the NL MVP ...

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