SAN DIEGO -- Runs batted in has become a polarizing statistic in recent years.
Old-school baseball people believe driving in runs remains the biggest key to offensive success and some players have a better knack for coming through in the clutch than others. Those from the new school feel there is no such thing as a clutch hitter and RBIs are solely a function of opportunity.
Whatever side of the argument you fall on, it can’t detract from the way Josh Bell is piling up the RBIs – in addition to home runs.
The switch-hitting first baseman hit two more homers Saturday night and drove in four runs to lead the Pirates to a 7-2 victory over the Padres at Petco Park. Bell now leads the major leagues with 43 RBIs, one more than the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger and the Astros' George Springer, and is a big reason why the Pirates are three games over .500 at 23-20.