The Pirates’ offense is pathetic: Just two hits over the final eight innings of yesterday’s 16-inning home loss to Arizona.
Two of the Pirates’ “biggest weapons” are liabilities against left-handed pitching.
2B Neil Walker is hitting .221 with zero home runs and a .497 OPS vs. LHP.
3B Pedro Alvarez is hitting .196 with three home runs and a .582 OPS vs. LHP.
They’re platoon players. But the Pirates have no one to platoon with them.
Alvarez has 30 homers. That’s good. The Pirates need what he does.
But offensively, it is such a flawed team.
In the playoffs, opposition managers will neutralize every single big at-bat Walker or Alvarez gets after the sixth inning. Just bring in a lefty.
Andrew McCutchen, once again, failed to win the game. Couldn’t get a big hit. Couldn’t make a great catch. Recite stats until you’re blue in the face, but being a superstar is about making big plays at big times to win games.
McCutchen doesn’t do that.
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