First Pitch

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 ...

This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system, with rates lower than $2.25 per month. 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.

First Pitch
@http://twitter.com/timwilliamsp2

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

More in First Pitch

Jameson Taillon 8

First Pitch: Why You Don’t Put a Prospect on the 60-Day DL For a 40-Man Spot

Tim WilliamsAugust 27, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

First Pitch: Pirates September Call-Ups Could Have a Domino Effect

Tim WilliamsAugust 26, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

First Pitch: What the Pirates Should Do With Happ When Burnett Returns?

Tim WilliamsAugust 25, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

First Pitch: The Pirates Have Some Tough Roster Decisions Coming Up

Tim WilliamsAugust 24, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

First Pitch: Could Pirates See Royals-Like Success With Best Bullpen in MLB?

Tim WilliamsAugust 22, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

First Pitch: Two Cases Where Super Two and Service Time Don’t Matter

Tim WilliamsAugust 21, 2015

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 © 2015 Pirates Prospects