Starling Marte has been a huge spark to the Pittsburgh Pirates offense this month, as he has batted .363, with a 1.046 OPS in August. Clint Hurdle attributed his success to taking a better approach at the plate.

“He’s become more confident in the box, understanding that there’s a game going on other than just trying to get a hit,” Hurdle said.

Hurdle also added that he’s been more stubborn with his approach in the batter’s box.

“The way the pitcher’s are working him, he’s developed a mentality that I do need to be aware what they’re trying to do to me and I need to have a plan and stay stubborn with that,” Hurdle said.

Besides hitting, Marte has been able to avoid some of the base running gaffes that he’s been plagued with in the past.

“There’s actually been some times he’s ...

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