STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- In last night's loss to the Mets, Pirates pitchers gave up four home runs. It amounted to another day at the office for the group, who seemingly carry a predisposition towards the long ball that has put them squarely behind the eight ball far too often.
Or do they?
In fact, the four dingers that left Pirates pitchers' hands last night prompted me to dig into the numbers to pull out some common threads, to make sense of their perceived inability to keep the ball in the yard. What I found might help to put what seems like a huge deficiency in some much needed perspective. To do this, we'll look at the raw numbers and the context.