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Bucs Need to Get Power Bats Rolling

Bucs Need to Get Power Bats Rolling

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- All eyes were on slugging first baseman Albert Pujols while he went homerless over his first 27 games to start the 2012 season. While in Pittsburgh, several Pirates have yet to see the ball go out of the ballpark. It's expected for a player like Pujols to go deep over 30 times in a season, but Pittsburgh isn't built to be a home run threatening club. But that's not to say that several players on the team shouldn't be adding some pop in the lineup.

All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen is one of them. While the club isn't going to have an over-powering lineup, McCutchen is one that has the potential to be putting up double digit numbers in the home run department. Last year, the 25-year-old connected for 23 long balls. Over 25 games this season, McCutchen has not yet hit a homer over 94 at-bats.

McCutchen has shown power at the plate. The center fielder has hit six doubles and a triple this season, and has hit several balls to deep parts of the ballpark.

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