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Game 100: Pirates 10 Mariners 1

The main problem of the Pittsburgh Pirates was perfectly on display in this two-game series against the Seattle Mariners: sometimes, the starting pitching works and sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes, the offense strings its hits together, and sometimes it spreads them out. Sometimes, the Pirates look ready to beat anyone, and sometimes it’s hard to remember how they ever win. As...
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Andrew McCutchen’s Reminder That Baseball Is Cruel

Every baseball player has bad days — it’s an inevitability in a sport so deeply tied to failure. For the most part, these failures are quickly dismissed and/or forgotten. A rough seven-run outing for a pitcher is a day when he just didn’t have “it” or batted balls had eyes. An 0-for-4 game at the plate is barely a hiccup in the span of a 162-game season. But, on occasion...
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Andrew McCutchen goes on rant about being a 'nice guy' after getting ejected

Pittsburgh Pirates star outfielder Andrew McCutchen doesn't want to be pigeonholed as a nice guy, especially after what occurred Sunday.The mild-mannered All-Star slammed his bat after getting called out on strikes in the fifth inning against the Dodgers. McCutchen was immediately tossed for his outburst, which earned him his first career ejection, leaving him to fume in the clubhouse...
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June 27, 2016  |  Discuss

The Time Is Not Right to Trade Andrew McCutchen

A few weeks ago, when the Pirates got swept by the Cardinals, while also losing Gerrit Cole and Francisco Liriano to the DL the same weekend, I noted that the Pirates might have to be a seller this summer, as their playoff odds has dropped down to 14%, and it was looking like this might not be their season. Well, in the two weeks since I wrote that post, their playoff odds have continued...
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June 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen Clearly Doesn’t Have His Swing

It’s easy to consider over- and underachieving players in isolation. It’s only a little bit harder to put them in context. Below is some context. I exported a spreadsheet of every qualified position player on the season. Then I exported a spreadsheet of all our preseason projections, and I compared the two, looking at actual vs. projected WAR over however many trips to the plate...
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June 23, 2016  |  Discuss

What's going on with Andrew McCutchen's slow start?

When fans think of the resurgence of the Pittsburgh Pirates, they should think of their star center fielder, Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen has become one of the game's elite players and has the trophy case to prove it. The five-time All-Star has added four Silver Sluggers, a Gold Glove and the 2013 NL MVP to his mantle, all the while displaying one of baseball's most iconic smiles...
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June 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen wants one-game wild card format changed

It shouldn’t come as surprise that Andrew McCutchen isn’t a fan of the current system when it comes to how the one-game showdown that is the MLB Wild Card round. After all the Pittsburgh Pirates have played host to three consecutive National League Wild Card games at PNC Park. After winning their first foray into the format in 2013, the team has been eliminated courtesy of...
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February 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen open to contract extension

Even though three years stand between now and the time that Andrew McCutchen hits the open market, the Pirates center fielder said on Monday that if the Pirates are interested in extending his contract, he would be all for it. According to an article on ESPN, when McCutchen reported to spring training he was asked if he wanted to finish his career in a Pirates uniform. He replied...
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February 22, 2016  |  Discuss

McCutchen receives souvenir from boy he visited in hospital

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen is well-regarded in MLB circles for the great works he performs off the field related to his many charitable endeavors. A visit to an ailing boy in the hospital has come around full-circle for McCutchen in a heartwarming way he never could have predicted. McCutchen earlier this year paid a visit to Matt Groeber, a young fan who was...
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November 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Announcers lose their minds over Andrew McCutchen walk off homer

On Saturday night, Andrew McCutchen hit a dramatic walk off homer in the bottom of the 14th inning to lead the Pirates to a 6-5 win over the Cardinals. Pittsburgh trailed in both the 10th and 14th innings before McCutchen gave them the win. The calls of the homer from both Fox and KDKA might best be described as “completely over the top and amazing”. Here’s how Matt Vasgersian...
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July 12, 2015  |  Discuss

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