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Would you believe Bell has an RBI per game?


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Josh Bell looks up after hitting a three-run home run in the third inning Saturday night at San Diego - AP

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.

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