Following a surprising sweep of the Cubs at Wrigley Field, things looked to be turning around for the Pirates.
Up next, was a three-game trip to the last place St. Louis Cardinals.
While the pitching showed up in a big way, the Bucs bats skipped the road trip.
Amazingly, the Pirates were swept by the Cardinals by the exact score of 2-1 in all three games.
So, in three games, the offense only manages three total runs.
And how rare is it to get swept when your pitching staff only gives up six total runs?
— Joe Block (@joe_block) April 19, 2017
How about these lines by the starters, yet they all get a loss.
Ivan Nova: 8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Chad Kuhl: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Gerrit Cole: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
Think the suspended Starling Marte might have helped them to score a run or two in one of these last two games?
In the three games, Pirate hitters collected only 5 extra-base hits with Josh Bell hitting the only home run.
Up next at PNC Park come the New York Yankees.
The question you have to start asking is can this current lineup consistency average 4+ runs which on most nights is needed to win games.
Unless the bats catch fire or GM Neal Huntington goes out and acquires a bat, we could be looking at a real long, frustrating summer of baseball.