Analysis: A look at the bafflingly bad Pirates and Cubs offenses

September 7, 2018

Cubs catcher Willson Contreras tags out the Pirates' Starling Marte Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, at PNC Park.

Excellent pitching. Bad hitting. Timely double plays. Poor base running.

Mix it together, and it resulted in a cocktail of tense, low-scoring action at PNC Park all weekend between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs.

Chicago won the first two games 1-0. The Pirates won the last two 3-1 and 2-1 (in 11 innings).

Here’s a more in-depth look at the numbers to illustrate even further the lack of offense on display.

• Over 38 innings, the teams combined for nine runs.

• The series featured 64 strikeouts. Mt. Lebanon’s Ian Happ had seven over three starts for Chicago.

• The teams accounted for 16 double plays. The Pirates had seven Friday night.

• The Cubs left 33 men on base over the four games. The Pirates stranded 27.

• Chicago was 0 for 17 with runners in scoring position. All four of their runs came on solo homers. That’s never been done over a four-game stretch in the history of Major League Baseball.

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