Martin’s Role Could Be A Key to Success

When the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Russell Martin after the 2012 season it was not for his bat — and with good reason. Martin, who turned 30 in February, owns a career batting average of .258 and an OPS of .748 — not terrible but certainly not great. What has been terrible, however, has been Martin’s offensive production. He is sitting on one hit this season. The fact that Martin isn’t lighting it up at the...

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Bucs’ Bats Finally Show Signs of Life in Win at Arizona

It took more than a week, but the Pittsburgh Pirates finally showed something resembling consistency on offense in the Bucs’ 6-5 win on Wednesday against Arizona at Chase Field. The Pirates posted a season-high in runs scored and broke into double-digits in the hit column for the first time in 2013 with 11 hits against the Diamondbacks. This was not an offensive explosion by any means, but with the way the team came limping into...

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Pirates Notebook: Notes from the First Series

Three games into the 2013 season the Pirates are 1-2 and for the most part have not been able to consistently put the ball into play. Andrew McCutchen, not surprisingly, has not been one of the players that hasn’t had that problem. Yesterday in the Pirates Pregame we talked about his commitment to being aggressive when he gets on base, and McCutchen promptly stole two more bases in the Pirates’ 3-2 loss to the Chicago...

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Seeing Similarities in the Pirates’ Two Losses

The Pittsburgh Pirates couldn’t complete a ninth-inning comeback in their 3-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs and it there was a sense of déjà vu to the game. Much like in the Opening Day loss, the Pirates got a strong outing from its starting pitcher. James McDonald allowed just two hits and one run in seven innings before handing the ball over to the bullpen. “I was happy with the way I competed. Every pitch meant something to...

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Pirates Pregame: McCutchen Making Moves on the Base Paths

Last season the Pittsburgh Pirates finished last in the National League with 73 stolen bases. Andrew McCutchen led the club with 20 stolen bases, but that was down from 23 in 2011. So far this season, McCutchen has two stolen bases in as many games and said being more aggressive while on base has been a point of emphasis for him entering the 2013 season. “I’m just trying to get to the next bag because I have the speed to...

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