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The ‘Stubborn’ Approach That Has the Pirates Leading the NL in OBP

The ‘Stubborn’ Approach That Has the Pirates Leading the NL in OBP

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When the Pittsburgh Pirates began the 2014 season, an offensive approach touting the importance of on-base percentage was emphasized after the team finished ninth in the National League with a below-average .313 clip.

After 97 games this season, the Pirates lead the National League with a .332 OBP, and are scoring over 4 runs per game.

Year
On-Base Percentage
League Rank
Runs Per Game
League Rank

2013
.313
8th
3.91
9th

2014
.332
1st
4.10
6th

Alongside the improvements in OBP, the Pirates are among the top N.L. teams with a 8.8 percent walk rate (3rd), a .388 slugging percentage (5th) and are one of just three teams with a wRC+ over 100 at 104, second to only the Dodgers (106).

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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 About.com's College Basketball Expert. You can find Nate on Twitter at @NateBarnes_

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