TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Passive Pirates hitters racking up Ks

Pirates/MLB Videos

By David Golebiewski
Saturday, April 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Pirates hitters are off to the worst start in franchise history, holding the lowest team batting average (.175) through the club's first 10 games, and placing second lowest in on-base percentage (.252) and slugging percentage (.247) . The 2013 Pirates have outscored just the Marlins, who over the winter sold off all assets not bolted down in their new ballpark in Little Havana.

Strikeouts are a major reason the Pirates have plated only 27 runs through Friday's games. They lead the National League in punchouts and best just former NL Central doormat Houston among all major league teams.

Special K

Highest team strikeout rates for hitters:

Team Strikeout pct.

Astros 28.8

Pirates 25.2

Braves 24.4

Cubs 24.1

Reds 22.5

MLB avg. 19.9

Source: Fangraphs.com

The Pirates aren't really pressing at the plate, as their collective swing rate on pitches outside the strike zone (29.5 percent) is around the MLB average (28.5 percent). If anything, the Bucs are being too passive and falling behind in the count. They're swinging at the lowest percentage of pitches in the strike zone in the majors.

Select choice

Lowest swing rates against pitches in strike zone:

Team Swing pct.

Pirates 58.1

Indians 58.5

Twins 60.4

Mets 60.8

Blue Jays 61.6

MLB avg. 64.4

Team strikeout leader Pedro Alvarez has swung at a decent number of in-zone pitches (66.7 percent), but Starling Marte (56.9 percent) and Neil Walker (59.4 percent) are striking out often with a more passive approach.

David Golebiewski is a freelance writer.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Pirates trade Davis to A’s for international signing bonus money
  2. NFL parity makes playoff chase a multi-team muddle
  3. Starkey: No explaining Steelers, AFC North
  4. Clues to Chief Justice John Roberts’ thinking on new ObamaCare case
  5. Pitt notebook: Chryst keeps Panthers motivated amid adversity
  6. Finding balance between toughness, excessiveness key for Penguins’ Downie
  7. Arizona’s Miller gets boost from Char Valley grad’s play
  8. CT scans can find smokers’ lung cancer early
  9. For Steelers, a fight to finish for playoff berth
  10. Stores creating Thanksgiving dine-and-dash dilemma
  11. Iraqi family, torn apart for opposing Saddam, reunites in Pittsburgh
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.