All posts tagged "Andrew McCutchen"

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: McKenry Taking Advantage of Opportunities

    During the 2011 offseason, Michael McKenry went down to the Fall Instructional League to work on his hitting with Manager Clint Hurdle. Working with his skipper continued throughout spring training when McKenry focused on some adjustments at the plate. McKenry is already sound behind the plate, earning the nickname “The Fort” for...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Correia Made Adjustment With Focus Toward More Strikeouts

    Kevin Correia isn’t a strikeout pitcher. In the first half of the 2012 season, Correia struck out a season-high four batters just three times on the season. But over his last two starts, Correia has combined for 11 strikeouts over 11.0 innings pitched — more than he had combined over his five starts prior....

  • Analysis
    First Pitch: How Much Would a McCutchen Extension Cost This Year?

    During the opening weeks of Spring Training, the Pittsburgh Pirates made one of the best moves, if not the best move, we've seen from this management group. I'm not talking about the deal that brought A.J. Burnett to Pittsburgh in the first week of camp. I'm talking about the extension given to...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Extra Time Pays Off For Bedard; McCutchen and Walker Stay Hot

    When Manager Clint Hurdle had the opportunity to shuffle the rotation for the second half of the season, he decided to use it to his advantage. Heading into the All-Star break, Erik Bedard was struggling on the mound. Over his last five starts, he allowed 21 runs over 23.2 innings. After his...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Bucs Can’t Pull Off Comeback Win; McCutchen Wins Two Awards

    The Pirates have been able to pull off the comeback win 24 times this season. It’s been kind of the theme for the 2012 Bucs, battling back. Last year, the team was only able to pull off 36 over the entire season. So when Pedro Alvarez stepped to the plate after enduring a...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Sloppy Play Leads to Loss; Tabata Struggling in Triple-A

    All it took was one bad inning from the Pittsburgh Pirates to see the club lose the series in Milwaukee and fall a 1/2 game back in the National League Central. A.J. Burnett was cruising along in his 16th start of the season for Pittsburgh. The right-hander was impressive through a few...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Walker Heats Up in July; Why Pitch to McCutchen?

    Just like the months in the summer heat up, so does Neil Walker at the plate. After hitting .278 in April and .238 in the month of May, Walker’s bat has started to become red hot in July. “I feel good at the plate,” Walker said. “And I’m happy about that. July...

  • Pirates Notebook
    Pirates Notebook: Pitching Struggles Against Milwaukee, Presley Set For Rehab Assignment

    Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle shuffled the rotation for the second half of the season and gave the first start to James McDonald. And based on his impressive season, the right-hander deserved it. McDonald entered the All-Star break ranked third in the National League in ERA (2.37) and second in batting average against (.196)....

  • Pirates History
    Pittsburgh Pirates in the All-Star Game

    On the eve of the 2012 All-Star game in Kansas City, where the Pirates will be represented by Andrew McCutchen and Joel Hanrahan, each making their second appearance, I decided to take a look back at how some of the team’s All-Star players have done in the mid-season classic. I consider Honus...

  • Analysis
    An Andrew McCutchen Triple: One of Baseball’s Greatest Joys

    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,...

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