Power Rankings: Pirates drop two spots to No. 4

One area the Pirates haven't been as strong is defense. A year ago they ranked sixth in the majors at +36 Defensive Runs Saved. This year, they're at -6, although the only major weakness is Pedro Alvarez at first base (-8). Considering he hasn't hit all that well (.242 BA/.314 OBP/.434 SLG), look for the Pirates to shop for a first baseman. Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Pirates drop two spots to No. 4

One area the Pirates haven't been as strong is defense. A year ago they ranked sixth in the majors at +36 Defensive Runs Saved. This year, they're at -6, although the only major weakness is Pedro Alvarez at first base (-8). Considering he hasn't hit all that well (.242 BA/.314 OBP/.434 SLG), look for the Pirates to shop for a first baseman. Power Rankings

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2015 Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs29819th
Batting Average.25414th
On Base Percentage.31319th
Slugging Percentage.37624th
Earned Run Average2.912nd
Quality Starts475th
WHIP1.218th
BAA.24410th

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