On Friday night, I made my way down to PNC Park to take in a Pirates game with some family and friends. Barry Zito was on the hill for the opposing Giants, and I salivated before the game at the thought of seeing Andrew McCutchen face him. McCutchen has been scorching hot, hitting .401/.447/.730 since June 1 and .362/.414/.625 on the year. He has been particularly unstoppable against left-handed pitchers, hitting .455/.494/.792 in 85 plate appearances against southpaws in 2012. Zito is a hittable left-handed pitcher who struggles to miss bats, and I could just envision McCutchen teeing off on him all evening.
I was not disappointed in the first inning. With two on and nobody out, McCutchen stroked an 0-1 pitch into left field to bring home a run and give the Pirates a 1-0 lead.
However, in the 3rd inning, I had the opportunity to witness the event I had daydreamed about witnessing. McCutchen stepped in with Josh Harrison at first and one out. He patiently watched the first three pitc...
Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.