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