Comments on: Pirates Notebook: First-Pitch Strikes Key for Rodriguez Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 05:48:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: leadoff Sat, 20 Apr 2013 18:57:52 +0000 I don’t think I will change my stance on his conservative moves last night.
As far as his base stealing is concerned, I would be happy if he never tries to steal, he just is not good at it. If you go back and review all his stolen bases this year you will see that he never beat the ball once, either the throws were off or the tags were off, best way to put it is he has been quite lucky with stolen bases, for a guy with his speed some stolen bases should be no contest.
Flying around the bases I will agree on, but that is because of teammates working with him, getting big hits with him on, something good to see.

By: meatygettingsaucy Sat, 20 Apr 2013 15:56:42 +0000 Right off the bat, I don’t think you can call him being very conservative. He is tied with Ben Revere of the Phillies for most stolen bases. Two reasons for McCutchen’s base running last night. First, on the ball hit to left by Jones there were a few things: first, all runners froze half way waiting to see if the ball would be caught. Tabata was most likely ready to tag whil Snider was halfway down to 3rd, McCutchen halfway to 2nd. Once the ball landed, it was either Leyva holding McCutchen at 2nd or McCutchen deciding to do it himself because Snider was in front of him and he wasn’t sure he’d score or hold up at 2nd.

On the past ball, it was most likely a miscue on McCutchen’s part. Ball rolls away, he sees it but determined it wasn’t far enough. In reality it was and he should have gone. I would hardly say McCutchen doesn’t use his speed to his advantage on the base paths. He’s been flying around them this year.

By: leadoff Sat, 20 Apr 2013 14:28:04 +0000 It would appear that Alvarez is not a 4 hitter at this point in his career, Hurdle moves him down, he starts to hit, one has to wonder how much pressure he puts on himself!
Rodriguez set up hitters masterfully and all his pitches seemed to be working. He really showed that the old adage is true, good pitching stops good hitting.
You have to wonder how good this Pirate offense could be if it was clicking on all 8 cylinders, Hudson was not pitching that bad.
What is up with McCutchens base running. Stopped at 2nd when he should have been at 3rd, does not run when balls get a way from catcher unless they get far away, seems like his speed means very little, very conservative IMO.