Everything that could have gone wrong this year for the Pirates has. Church, Iwamura, and Morton have been disasters, Milledge looks every bit the 4th OF. And many good and decent prospects are getting injured, severely.
Just watching games, it seems they hit a ton of line drives right at people. Or end up with the tough luck double plays very frequently. I have no statistical basis for these beliefs, but it is just a feeling I get while watching them.
‘Cutch proved he can play this year and Jones has proven that last year wasn’t a fluke. Neil Walker has given the Buc’s hope. Evan Meek has also been a pleasant surprise. To see a team that has had everything go wrong, look at Baltimore. They would kill to be as good as Pittsburgh.
element1286: I just took a quick look at the numbers, and it appears that Pirate hitters are actually really neutral when it comes to luck. Their BABIP as a team is .281 which is really pretty crappy; however, when you consider their team LD%, their expected BABIP should only be around .286. Basically they’re tied for the lowest percentage of line drives with the Astros. They’ve maybe been very slightly unlucky, but if so it’s by a statistically insignificant amount.