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North Side Notch:
Final: National League 8, American League 0
The game was well out of reach when both players entered the game, but it didn’t stop either of the Pirates’ two all-stars from chipping in a bit.
Andrew McCutchen entered the game in the bottom of the fifth inning to take over for the game’s eventual MVP Melky Cabrera. McCutchen singled on a line drive to left field in the sixth inning off Chicago’s Chris Sale. He had another at-bat in the ninth inning and was retired on a bouncer to third base that he nearly beat out. The single in the sixth was the first All-Star Game hit of McCutchen’s career. He was 0 for 1 last season in his first appearance in the game.
Joel Hanrahan entered the game with one out in the ninth inning to pitch against Kansas City’s Billy Butler. He threw a wild pitch and threw another pitch to the backstop as it was pretty clear he was pretty amped up. He was hitting 98 mph on the gun consistently with his fastball and eventually struck out Butler on a 3-2 fastball. T...
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It was a solid showing by Andrew McCutchen in his first every Home Run Derby. Although, I’m not going to lie, I was really wanting to see him just take a high and outside pitch and drill it opposite field.
Still, what an accomplishment and an experience for McCutchen. He didn’t make it past the first round, but it’s always fun seeing your own players perform on a national stage...
Last night Major League Baseball held their annual Home Run Derby and for the first time since 2005 the Pirates had representation at the event. Andrew McCutchen who is leading the league in batting average was a last minute addition to the derby after Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton could not participate due to injury.
While McCutchen didn’t advance to the second round and managed...
When the Pirates signed Andrew McCutchen to a six year $51.5m contract this off-season there were very few who thought it was anything other than a bargaining. The young centrefielder may be less than 10% of the way through that deal, but he’s already showing that the Pirates may have one of the most team-friendly deals in baseball on their hands. Elected to the All-Star team after...
If you pull up the first-half player rankings of all batters in Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball today, you’ll see that the current no. 1 overall player heading into the All-Star break is none other than Pittsburgh Pirates OFer Andrew McCutchen.
Cutch hit two home runs on Sunday and went 3-for-5 at the plate against the Giants. His current 5×5 stat line reads .362/18/60/58/14.
Since the inception of a league Most Valuable Player Award, there have been seven years in which a Pittsburgh Pirate has won the award:
1927: Paul Waner
1960: Dick Groat
1966: Roberto Clemente
1978: Dave Parker
1979: Willie Stargell
1990: Barry Bonds
1992: Barry Bonds
Let’s revisit how each of those players did in their first half.
1927: Paul Waner
73 G, .385 BA, .444 OBP, .612...
The Pittsburgh Pirates are the best team in the National League Central with a one game lead at the break over the Reds. The Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 13-2 in the teams last game before the All-Star break. Neil Walker had a great day at the plate, Walker went 5 for 5 with 2 R.B.I.’s and he alone accounted for 4 of the 13 runs the Pirates scored. Andrew McCutchen the...
There are a million things that I'd like to write about over this All-Star break because the storybook first half that the Pirates just finished up lends itself to a million different stories. I've been waiting for this kind of thing for forever, really, and now that I have a few days without baseball games I want to write about all of them all at once. I'll do my best...
When asked the question, "which one player would you pick to be on your team for the next decade?" a short group of about 10 players come to mind, such as budding young superstars Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, dominating stars that are just hitting their primes such as Matt Kemp or Troy Tulowitzki, or a rising ace like Clayton Kershaw or Stephen Strasburg. But what about...
Here’s an abbreviated rundown of Pirates action in Kansas City this week:
Andrew McCutchen entered in the 5th inning and played CF for the rest of the game. He clobbered a line-drive single off lefty Chris Sale in his first at-bat (and reportedly flashed the “Z”, although the TV cameras missed it). He grounded out–barely–in the ninth against Fernando Rodney...
The Pittsburgh Pirates finished the first half of the 2012 season in first place in the NL Central, one game ahead of the Cincinnati Reds. At eleven games over .500, the Pirates are poised to end their streak of losing seasons at 19 years.
The turnaround in Pittsburgh can be attributed to solid pitching, and the emergence of NL batting average leader Andrew McCutchen. The 25 year...
My kind of post over at CBS’ Eye on Baseball. They’re talking about MLB odds at the mid-season point. Here’s some things of note:
Andrew McCutchen is 4/1 odds in Vegas to win the NL MVP. Joey Votto and David Wright are next at 9/2 odds. Bryce Harper jumps into the mix at 18/1 odds.
Mike Trout is 2/1 odds in Vegas right now to win the AL MVP. Robinson Cano and Josh Hamilton...
With the MLB All-Star Game concluded, we have now officially entered the start of the second half of the season. But before we fall into the dog days of summer, it's time to first reflect on some of the impressive performances of the first half.
Here are our MLB Mid-Season Awards:
NL MVP – Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh Pirates)
Check out the numbers: Andrew McCutchen...