Going into Saturday action against the Wriglies, the Pirates have the 15th ranked slugging percentage in the National League (thank you San Diego). That’s just the raw data. They actually have the lowest OPS+ in baseball. The current slugging percentage of .343 is:
1. On track to be worse than the 1985 team that featured Sixto Lezcano and Steve Kemp and George Hendrick and a badly fading Jason Thompson in prominent roles
2. On track to be the worst team slugging percentage since 1968 (also at .343), the Year of the Pitcher, when the Pirates were one of only three clubs in the Majors to post a team batting average of .250 or higher. Right after that the mound was lowered and four teams were added and offense bounced back.
3. Only slightly better than the 1952 Rickey Dinks team that posted a .331 slugging percentage and lost 112 games. The 1952 mark is the worst in the last 60 years of Pirate baseball
4. Among the 25 lowest slugging percentages going back to the divisional play era (1969) to present. The lowest in that time frame belongs to the 1972 Expos at .325.