But that game-opening magic ... it's tough to shrug off the crazy numbers. Entering Wednesday afternoon's game, Marte was 14-for-22 (.636) starting games, with a game-opening on-base percentage of .692, having reached base 18-of-26 times. He popped out in foul ground to start Wednesday's game, but hit a clutch game-tying two-run homer in the eighth inning to propel Pittsburgh to a 6-4 win. He now has three homers and 13 RBIs.
"The numbers are eye-opening," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle admitted. "Preparation is part of it, and another big part is laying off bad pitches. His swing has been in a good place, Opening Day to now.
"You don't expect him to hit .600 in the first inning all-time, but to even carry it a month is pretty interesting. He's got a chance to be a very dynamic leadoff hitter with the skill-set he has, and it's been fun to watch."
Marte, of course, has had a big part in the Pirates' first-inning offense. They've scored in the first inning in nine of the season's first 28 games.