All posts tagged "Andrew McCutchen"

  • Game Recaps
    Game 95 Recap: McDonald, Bullpen Shutout Reds

    The Pirates and Reds played another tight game. James McDonald and Mike Leake were both effective. The Pirates managed a single run. The Reds managed none. The Pirates remain in first place. I’m happy. The lone run of the game scored early. Josh Harrison singled with one out in the first. Neil...

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    Game 93 Recap: Bucs Lose Late Lead, Win in 11

    It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t tidy. But the Pirates came out on top for another road win in Houston. The Pirates let a one run lead slip away in the eighth inning before posting a three-spot in the eleventh. Two seemingly perpetual thorns plagued the Kevin Correia early. Jeff Keppinger doubled and...

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    Game 91 Recap: Bucs in First After Karstens Shutout

    If there is a little extra bounce in the step of Pirates fans everywhere and a little extra swagger in the gaits of Bucco players, I don’t think anyone will hold it against us or them. The Pirates are in first place. It’s mid-July. Jeff Karstens threw a complete game shutout and...

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    Game 90 Recap: Maholm, McCutchen Lead Bucs Into Break

    Paul Maholm pitched into the eighth and allowed just one run while Andrew McCutchen paced the offense with a three run homer and a total of five runs driven in. The Pirates cruise into the All-Star break with a 47-43 record. Ramon Ortiz scuffled all day and it started in the first...

  • Analysis
    The Value of Andrew McCutchen

    McCutchen is one of the most valuable players in baseball. Andrew McCutchen might be the first true star player the Pirates have had since Barry Bonds.  Brian Giles was good.  Jason Bay was good.  But McCutchen?  He could be great.  He's already good.  That's been obvious since the moment he stepped foot...

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    Game 88 Recap: McKenry’s Blast Propels Bucs Past Cubs

    The Pirates rallied for four runs in the bottom of the eighth to overcome a one run deficit and knock off the Cubs. Josh Harrison’s single tied the game and Michael McKenry hit a three run homer to provide a secure lead. Pittsburgh came from behind on three different occasions. Aramis Ramirez...

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    Game 85 Recap: Maholm Moves Bucs 3 Games Over .500

    Paul Maholm was solid again, but was almost done in by some unsteady defense. He went six and gave up just one earned run as Pittsburgh moved three games over the .500 mark. Maholm looked ragged early on. Houston used a pair of singles – one from Jeff Keppinger and one from...

  • Analysis
    Andrew McCutchen: A Real Star

    Take a look at the current FanGraphs leaderboards and you'll see these three players sitting in the top three spots when sorted by WAR (Wins Above Replacement): 1. Jose Bautista - Currently sitting with 26 homers, a .328 average, and a 1.150 OPS 2. Jose Reyes - Hitting for a .354 average...

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    Game 84 Recap: Bucs Offense Shows Up

    The Pirates put a solid effort on all fronts – hitting, pitching, and fielding. The offense banged out 16 hits and scored ten times. Kevin Correia was sharp again in earning his eleventh win. The defense committed no errors. More, please! Pittsburgh pounced on Nationals and starter Jason Marquis for eight runs...

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    Game 83 Recap: Nats Rally Late to Split Double Header

    The Pirates offense and bullpen was unable to finish off a double header sweep of the Nationals. The home team rallied for a pair of runs in the eighth inning and the offense scored only three runs to ruin the 2011 debut of Brad Lincoln and salvage the split of the double...

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