Dejan Kovacevic notes that it's been a month since the Pirates' last multi-run homer:â†µ
The Pirates were swept in the three games here -- a series matching Major League Baseball's two weakest offenses -- and scored a total of five runs, with no home runs. Thus, the team's streak of not hitting a home run with a man on base was extended to 27 games and exactly 900 at-bats.â†µ
There's more here. The Bucs have hit ten solo homers over that time frame, so there's some element of bad luck at play here, but ten jacks over the course of a month is still horrible. And the Pirates posted a .297 OBP in June and are at .284 so far in July, compared to the N.L. average of .326, so it isn't as if they're giving themselves many chances. Ironically, I'm happier with the Bucs' lineup right now than I have been at any point all year - it's now filled with players who could be important parts of the future of the team. Plainly, though, its actual performance has been disastrous.