The Pittsburgh Pirates have a horrible bench right now. That includes Michael Martinez, Brent Morel, and Jayson Nix. Morel has a .372 OPS, Nix has a .284 OPS, and Martinez has a .363 OPS. Some of those guys have even been getting starts, due to various struggles and injuries the Pirates have seen.

The Pirates have had some problems lately, leading to a 7-10 record in August, and a recent six game losing streak. The bench illustrates this problem, although it's not as simple as "they've got a bad bench." The problem can be seen when you ask "why do they have a bad bench?"

Brent Morel was recently added to the team as an extra bat when Charlie Morton went on the disabled list. It's unlikely that Morel will remain on the team when Gerrit Cole returns tomorrow, giving the Pirates a full ...

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