Pirates Pregame: McCutchen Making Moves on the Base Paths

Last season the Pittsburgh Pirates finished last in the National League with 73 stolen bases. Andrew McCutchen led the club with 20 stolen bases, but that was down from 23 in 2011. So far this season, McCutchen has two stolen bases in as many games and said being more aggressive while on base has been a point of emphasis for him entering the 2013 season.

Andrew McCutchen has two stolen bases in as many games so far this season. Photo credit: David Hague

Andrew McCutchen has two stolen bases in as many games so far this season. Photo credit: David Hague

“I’m just trying to get to the next bag because I have the speed to do it,” McCutchen said. “I’m not always going to be fast so I might as well use my legs now. I know I’m capable of stealing more bags than I have in past years. I just need to get myself in that position where I can get to the next bag. I’m trying to be aggressive on the base paths and get to the next bag. I have to be ready to go because they know I’m going, it’ s just a matter of when.”

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There are a few changes to the Pirates’ lineup today. Russell Martin will hit second, Gaby Sanchez will bat cleanup with Pedro Alvarez moving down to No. 5 in the lineup. Also, Jose Tabata will get his first start of the season, batting seventh and playing right field.

1. Starling Marte lf

2. Russell Martin c

3. Andrew McCutchen cf

4. Gaby Sanchez 1b

5. Pedro Alvarez 3b

6. Neil Walker 2b

7. Jose Tabata rf

8. Clint Barmes ss

9. James McDonald p

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Tom Bragg is a beat writer and analyst for PiratesProspects.com. He is the former sports editor of the (Fairmont) Times West Virginian and has worked at the Charleston Gazette, Charleston Daily Mail and the (Ashland, Ky.) Independent. His freelance work has appeared in newspapers all over West Virginia and he has written for The Associated Press with stories posted to several major media outlets (ESPN.com, SportsIllustrated.com, FoxSports.com). Tom graduated from Marshall University in May 2010 with a degree in Print Journalism. Follow Tom on Twitter: @TomBraggSports

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  • kidic56

    Should’ve switched and had Tabata bat 2nd and Martin 7th. Jose looked better in spring training, and his speed is better at the top of the lineup. IMHO of course.

  • http://atung.net/ Steve Zielinski

    Martin bats second? Does Hurdle do drugs? Geez.

  • Brian

    Typical Pirates offense. Fall asleep for 8 innings but finally wake up in the Ninth. Plus, they make mediocre pitchers look like Dwight Gooden circa 1986.

    Ps Tabata needs to stop swinging down on the ball; he hits too many ground balls.

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