Marte is 9-for-20 with a double and a stolen base against Sunday starter Wade Miley. Marte went 1-for-2 with a two-run double in Saturday's win over Milwaukee. He also walked for just the second time in 77 September plate appearances. The center fielder has eight hits in his last 20 at-bats but is still sitting on 19 home runs (matching his career high).
Marte went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer against St. Louis on Monday. Marte needs one homer to become the third player in team history to collect 20 home runs and 30 steals in a single season. Since wrapping up a 17-game hitting streak in late July, he's slashing just .242/.280/.356 in his last 157 plate appearances. Marte has shown signs of improvement, however. He's hitting .313 since Aug. 24 and has plenty of incentive to finish 2018 on a strong note.
Marte went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer against the Reds on Tuesday. The home run was just his fifth of the season against a left-handed pitcher. Marte now has 18 homers overall and sits within one of his career high. With 30 stolen bases, the outfielder has a decent chance of reaching the 20-30 mark for the first time in his career. His hustle has come into question lately, but the Pirates have few center field alternatives aside from Adam Frazier, who's expected to see most of his September at second base. Marte is 6-for-24 with five extra-base hits (including one homer) and three stolen bases against Wednesday starter, Homer Bailey.
Marte went 2-for-4 with his 30th stolen base Friday against Atlanta. Over the course of his current seven-game hitting streak, Marte is batting .387 in 31 at-bats. He's also attempted five stolen bases, successfully swiping two bags. After a 10-for-64 slump in earlier in the month, the 29-year-old has ramped up production in all areas except home runs -- he's gone deep just one time since July 25. With 17 homers, Marte still has a decent chance of eclipsing his career high (he hit 19 homers in 2015) while compiling his first 20-20 campaign.
Marte went 3-for-5 in Thursday's 5-0 loss to St. Louis. Marte is on a six-game hitting streak after Thursday's game, batting .370 (10-for-27) during that span. Still, his three singles out of the leadoff spot couldn't get anything going for the Pirates' offense. On the year, Marte owns a .780 OPS with 67 runs scored.
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