Much has been made lately of the Pirates' issues in the area of batting with runners in scoring position. We've talked about it, and you've talked about it as if it's really the end-all, be-all when related to anything from a "Collapsening" to if the Pirates can win the World Series.

The numbers are not good, that can't be argued. But really, in all honesty, the fact remains that those numbers really don't matter too much.

First and foremost, it just comes down to the Pirates being an overall good team which we belabored in the recent Pirates Prospects Podcast. On any given night, Clint Hurdle churns out a lineup card containing seven players with on-base plus slugging percentages over the league average (via the OPS+).

Which again makes it so odd that the Pirates continue to stru...

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