STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- In looking at Starling Marte's building blocks of an effective season on Tuesday, it sparked a desire in me to look at others in the Pirates' everyday lineup to determine if they are as susceptible to chasing pitches as Marte's reputation suggests. Here's what I found.
As a team, the Pirates chase a bit more than the current MLB average of 28.2 percent, as they go after outside pitches at a 30.3 percent clip. The PBC's bats make just as much contact as the league does on those pitches, with a 60 percent rate, which is right in line with MLB's 59.8 percent mark.
Now let's look at some of the team's biggest offenders and contextualize just what it is they are trying to do at the plate by swinging at these pitches. We'll set the baseline stats for each and then provide one interesting takeaway to help put it all into perspective.