I read this stat this afternoon on a board I read. I couldn’t believe. So, I did the research and verified it.
The Pirates have two or fewer hits in 95% of their innings played.
The reverse: in only five percent of the innings in which they have come to bat, the Pirates have been able to string together three or more hits.
There have been 17 games in which the Pirates have had at least one inning in which they have collected three hits or more. They have won ten of those 17 contests.
All of this is logical given that the Pirates have so many easy outs in the line up. Putting together a rally is difficult when typically four or five hitters are batting .220 or less on the season.
Here are the full details:
401 innings played
83 innings with more than one hit (20.7%)
20 innings with more than two hits (5.0%)
Hits by inning:
1st – 42
2nd – 34
3rd – 35
4th – 36
5th – 29
6th – 42
7th – 30
8th – 38
9th – 23
Extras – 5