The Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t set the world on fire offensively to start the Spring Training season. The old adage is pitchers have the advantage early in Spring Training because it takes time for hitters to get their timing back. While that may be true, the lack of offense from the team has alarmed many fans. Do they have a reason to be worried?
During the last two seasons, the Pirates have been a fairly mundane Spring Training team. Their average ranking was 10.5 in runs scored, ninth in on-base percentage, sixth in home runs and 3.5 in batting average.
Quite simply, the Pirates have generally been a fairly mundane Spring Training team offensively in recent seasons.
The Pirates entered 2016 with the knowledge they would most likely hit less home runs than they did in 2015, when they finished 10th in the NL. The team subtracted Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez and replaced them with Josh Harrison and John Jaso in the starting lineup. Neither player is likely to match the home runs of Walker and Alvarez, but the Pirates are in transition offensively.