The Pirates got a little bit of a break this week due to a few rain delays. They ended up going 2-3 in the short week, winning two games in comeback fashion over the weekend. At the start of the week they had fallen so much that they were no longer projected as playoff contenders.
Nate Barnes wrote this week about how the Pirates are looking to improve the offense by emphasizing On-Base Percentage. Nate also looked specifically at how that emphasis was working out. Of course the offense has been a big issue this year, with a lot of players under-performing. I looked at two bounce back candidates in Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez. If the Pirates wanted another boost for the offense before Gregory Polanco arrives, then they should consider calling up Andrew Lambo for right field.
**Jeff Locke Will Start For the Pirates on Monday. It's only expected to be a spot start, since the Pirates won’t need a regular fifth starter until May 24th.
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