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First Pitch: Evaluating the Pirates Offensive Emphasis

First Pitch: Evaluating the Pirates Offensive Emphasis

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As discussed yesterday, the 2014 Pirates are emphasizing on-base percentage in hopes of improving an offense that ranked ninth in the National League by scoring 3.91 runs per game during the 2013 season.

The Pirates on-base percentage has declined from a season ago. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
The key elements to this approach are being “intelligently aggressive” at the plate, striking out less and working counts to see good pitches to hit as opposed to flailing away at what a pitcher wants to throw in a given situation.
Although the sample sizes are quite miniscule through 26 games, the question begs asking; Is the Pirates’ “emphasis” working?
The easiest way to look at the effectiveness of the OBP-centric philosophy so far is comparing this year’s on-bas...

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Nate covers the Pirates beat for Pirates Prospects and is the Publisher of Panther Digest, covering Pitt athletics. He also serves as's College Basketball Expert. You can find Nate on Twitter at @NateBarnes_

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