Major League Pittsburgh Pirates’ early season storm is fierce. Pittsburgh, a weak image, rose to first place in the entire National League. It’s early days, but it’s a surprising result.
Pittsburgh’s team salary is $75.95 million, which is 15th among the 15 National League teams. It is a representative small market club, ranking 27th out of 30 teams in the major leagues.
As of the 24th (hereinafter Korean time), the Pittsburgh team recorded 16 wins and 7 losses (.696 win rate), ranking first in the Central Division of the National League. It is on the rise of the last 7 consecutive wins. They beat Milwaukee (15-7) by half a game.
It’s not just the Central District. Among the 15 teams in the National League, it is the highest win rate and 1st place. Atlanta (14-8) and New York Mets (14-9) are also under Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh is 8th in team batting average (.250), 5th in team OPS (.765), and tied for 5th in team home runs (27). He is ranked third in team ERA (3.63) and first in team saves (12). Hitting power and pitching power are well harmonized. In particular, the starting lineup has been performing well beyond expectations, winning by 3 or less runs in every game during the recent 7 consecutive winning periods.
There are no exceptional players. The old and new coordination is well under way. Veteran Andrew McCutchen, who returned to Pittsburgh this year, leads the team with an OPS of .888. Center hitter Brian Reynolds has 5 home runs and 18 RBIs with an OPS of .872, while Jack Swinski, who failed to fill the required at-bats, is playing an active role with 5 home runs and 12 RBIs with an OPS of 1.021.
The starting lineup is Mitch Keller (5 games, 2 wins, ERA 3.64), Vince Velázquez (5 games, 3 wins, 2 losses, ERA 3.750), and Yohan Oviedo (4 games, 2 wins, 1 loss, ERA 2.22) are stable, and closer David Bedner (11 games, 2 losses). Wins, 8 saves, ERA 0.82) and bullpen Colin Holderman (11 games, 8 holds ERA 1.64) are outstanding.
MLB.com said on the 24th, “This team, which has an exciting mix of young, rising stars and veterans, including franchise icon Andrew McCutchen, is a fun team to watch.”
The highest-paid player in the team is Kibrian Hayes ($10 million), who signed an 8-year, 70 million-dollar contract extension last year. Richie Hill, the oldest pitcher in the major leagues, is second with $8 million, key hitter Brian Reynolds is third with $6.75 million, veteran Carlos Santana is fourth with $6.725 million, and returning “Pirate Captain” McCutchen is $5 million. 5th place with
Bae Ji-hwan is tied for 14th on the team with an annual salary of $725,000 this year. Bedner ($745,000), Oviedo ($735,000), Holderman ($725,000) and Swinsky ($725,000) are similar to Bae Ji-hwan. There are only four players with a lower salary than Bae Ji-hwan.
Pittsburgh has been at the bottom of the Central District for four consecutive years since 2019. Last year, it recorded 62 wins and 100 losses, and in 2021, it recorded 61 wins and 101 losses, and in 2020, which was played as a shortened season (60 games), the winning rate was only .317.
Pittsburgh’s early 16-7 record is the best in 31 years since 1992. Coincidentally, 1992 was the last year Pittsburgh won the district title. How long will the storm in Pittsburgh last?
Pittsburgh will play three consecutive matches with the Los Angeles Dodgers, tied for first place in the Western Division, from the 26th. After that, the schedule to meet strong teams in Tampa Bay and Toronto following Washington will be a turning point. 안전놀이터