30. Pittsburgh Pirates
Key Player: Ke’Bryan Hayes
The Pirates are in for a rough, rough year. While the margin between the bottom three isn’t too wide, we project Pittsburgh to have the worst offense in the league in 2021. En route to a 19-41 record last season, Pittsburgh scored an MLB-worst 219 runs. As a team, the Pirates hit .220 and posted the worst OBP (.284) and SLG (.357) in baseball. While the top of the lineup may have its moments, there is simply not enough talent throughout the order for Pittsburgh to pile up runs. One player to keep an eye on is Ke’Bryan Hayes. As a rookie, Hayes slashed .376/.442/.682 — incredible numbers, but ones bound to drop. The question is, just how far will they dip?
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29. Texas Rangers
Key Player: Willie Calhoun
If you want to escape the Texas heat in the middle of the summer, head to a Rangers game. Not only will you be inside, but you will feel gusts of wind by all of the swing-and-misses generated by Texas’ lineup. Joey Gallo remains the focal point of Texas’ attack — a man with nearly 600 K’s to his name since 2017. New addition Khris Davis will add some pop to the lineup, but also more whiffs. The lineup may be interesting with David Dahl, Willie Calhoun, and Isiah Kiner-Falefa in the mix — but it won’t be good, at all.
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