Was the HBP against McCutchen last night intentional? (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Last night the Cincinnati Reds hit Andrew McCutchen for the fourth time this season. This time it was Sam LeCure, and it happened in the eighth inning. After the game, Dusty Baker denied that the hit by pitch was intentional. David Manel of Bucs Dugout has the full quote here. It's not a surprise that Baker would deny it. If it was intentional, he'd never admit that. But let's look at some of the trends to see if there is a pattern emerging.
May 31st: McCutchen was hit by Johnny Cueto in his first at-bat, first pitch. There was one out and a runner on first. This was the first game of the series.
June 17th: This time it was Mike Leake hitting McCutchen with an 0-2 pitch in the fourth...
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