I’d say bring in Joel Hanrahan and ask him…but it’s not a save the organization situation.
Some of that simply must be fatigue, as others in the organization will attest. But dig deeper with some advanced metrics, and it’s easy to see there is an element of the Pirates’ pitchers having been due some serious comeuppance:
• Through July 25, opponents had a .289 batting average on all balls put in play (BABIP), a statistic that distinguishes how much help a pitcher gets from his defense or from mere good luck. That figure was below the National League median of .295. Since July 25, it’s a whopping .349.
...“They’d all been so good for so long.” general manger Neal Huntington said. “A variety of factors came together at one time and ... well, we’ve gotten our heads handed to us more often than we’d like.”
About a month ago, management met to prepare for this possibility, based on the numbers.
“Our organization deals in a lot of those metrics, and we talked about how we’d pitched for three or four months and the expectancy as we moved forward,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “Especially with a pitch-to-contact staff, you expect more contact, so you could anticipate more offense from the opponents. But, to the degree we’ve seen lately, it’s been way more.”
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