Williams: Starling Marte’s Suspension Delivers a Crushing Blow to the 2017 Pirates

Starling Marte was suspended for 80 games today. Photo Credit: David Hague
Williams: Starling Marte’s Suspension Delivers a Crushing Blow to the 2017 Pirates

The top two hitters on the 2016 Pittsburgh Pirates in both wOBA and wRC+ were as follows:

1. Jung Ho Kang

2. Starling Marte

One of those two can't leave his country after receiving a third DUI charge. The other was just suspended by MLB for 80 games and won't be able to rejoin the team until July 18th.

That's about as good of a summary as you will need for the Pirates' 2017 chances moving forward.

The Pirates were already hurting offensively before today's Marte suspension. They ranked 14th in the NL in wOBA and 13th in wRC+. Even if they had Kang on the team, they'd still be in the bottom half. The blame for this can go around. Andrew McCutchen is off to another slow start, or what is hoped to be a slow start and not a continuation on his horrible 2016 season. Josh Bell has...

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