The Pittsburgh Pirates are off to their worst start in 10 years, but manager Lloyd McClendon insists his team can turn things around.
The Pirates look to snap a four-game losing streak when they open a two-game series with the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.
The Pirates lost 7-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, falling to 4-10 — their worst start since beginning the 1995 season 4-13. Pittsburgh, which was coming off an 11-1 loss the night before, has scored just seven runs during its skid.
However, McClendon insists that his team’s troubles are only temporary.
“We’ve played (14) games and for the most part, we’ve been bad,” McClendon said. “The perception is we’re a bad team and we’re going to play like that all year. That’s just not the case.”
Daryle Ward homered for the Pirates, who were outscored 18-2 in the two-game set with the Cardinals. Pittsburgh, which wrapped up a 1-4 homestand, has managed more than three runs just three times this year.
“When you get a young team that’s pressing at home, sometimes the best thing to do is go on the road, where you can relax a little bit,” McClendon said.
“Maybe you get out of your routine and let your hair down a little bit and go at it. I think they are trying so hard to impress the fans here that sometimes they end up negating positive efforts.”