In response to Carmon. 8 hits a game implies 35 players had at bats. .228 batting average versus if only 27 players reached the plate which would be .296 batting average. Even if 1/2 your games end after only taking 8 innings at bat that equates to a .239 batting average. Not enough to get it done.
Turbine, Are those numbers above hits per 9 or hits per game? I prefer to look at stats per 9 personally.
Below gives you an example of the runs per 9 we need to have a successful year per our standards.
2002 H/9 9.24 R/9 6.01
2007 H/9 11.3 R/9 7.36
2012 H/9 8.66 R/9 4.68
I will argue that our pitching is worse now than it was back then. I am biased of course, but the bats have changed and lets see what our pitching numbers look like from 2007 to 2012.
2002 H/9 9.05 R/9 4.81 ERA 3.78
2007 H/9 9.71 R/9 4.74 ERA 3.78
2012 H/9 8.72 R/9 4.65 ERA 3.72
So our pitching hasn't done drastically better because of the bats, but our hitting has SUFFERED because of the bats. Sometimes it isn't the arrow, it's the Indian. Or maybe overall the talent we have is just drastically worse and it's being magnified by our hitters. Either way something isn't right.