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McCutchen’s Good Bad Season

McCutchen’s Good Bad Season

I watched the Pirates square off against the Diamondbacks last night with all of the morbid curiosity of viewing an autopsy.  They were going up against Ian Kennedy, he of the 2nd place NL Cy Young finish in 2011 (even though I think he did it last season with smoke and mirrors).  The Pirates also had the not-so-small issue of having only scored more than 2 runs in 3 of their first 10 games.

So it was with some sense of mild surprise to watch the Pirates be able to consistently square up Ian Kennedy for the majority of the night.  Even team whipping boy Pedro Alvarez charged one into deep left-center, requiring a fantastic catch from Chris Young that resulted in his potential injury but saving extra bases.

Each time Andrew McCutchen was at the plate, I had a feeling of ease that he was going to do something good.  He and Casey McGehee are the only players at present that I feel that way about, although Neil Walker appears to be coming out of his doldrums and approaching that status a...

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