Andrew McCutchen wins NL MVP in a Landslide


Andrew McCutchen is the NL MVP Winner by a landslide. McCutchen received 28 of 30 first place votes becoming the seventh Pirate in franchise history to win the NL MVP. Among the Pirates to win the award since it was created in 1931, McCutchen has joined Dick Groat (1960), Roberto Clemente (1966), Dave Parker (1978), Willie Stargell (1979 – tied with Keith Hernandez) and Barry Bonds (1990 and 1992). Hall-of-Famer Paul Waner also received the National League Most Valuable Player Citation in 1927. The 27-year-old McCutchen hit .317 with 38 doubles, five triples, 21 home runs, 84 RBI, 97 runs scored and 27 stolen bases in 157 games in 2013 while leading the Pirates to the postseason for the first time since 1992. McCutchen ended the season ranked seventh in the league in batting, third in hits (185) and on-base percentage (.404), second in multi-hit games (59), sixth in runsRead More »

Andrew McCutchen hitting .451 in month of August


Andrew McCutchen (.323 – 17 HR – 73 RBI) has his name right in the thick of the MVP race. McCutchen who had a so-so first half of the season, is hitting .381/.467/.627 with 7 home runs, 24 RBIs and 6 stolen bases since the All-Star break. McCutchen is on a tear in August, hitting .451 this month and has an OPS of 1.176. McCutchen’s NL Ranks: • 4th in NL in BA (.323) | • 5th in NL in OPS (.914) | • 7th in NL in R (79) | • 8th in NL in BB (59) | • 6th in NL in SB (26) | • 9th in NL in SLG (.513) | • 9th in NL in RBI (73) |

Post-Game Buzz: McCutchen leads Pirates past Reds 6-5


PIRATES 6 – REDS 5 Win: Tony Watson (1-0) Lose: J.J. Hoover (0-3) Save: Jason Grilli (4) Andrew McCutchen hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning and drove in three runs leading the Pittsburgh Pirates (4-6) to a 6-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds (5-5) on Friday night in front of 24,366. In a game where the Pirates jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second inning, the Pirates would end up showing some fight to prevail against a Reds team that has been in their heads. Down 5-1, the Reds slowly clawed back as Devin Mesoraco drove in a run with a groundout in the fourth and then hit an RBI double in the sixth to cut the Pirates lead to 5-3. Pirates starter A.J. Burnett went six innings, allowing six hits and three runs in another solid outing. Burnett struck out eight and walked three,Read More »

Andrew McCutchen on Pirates late rally falling short; “Good teams get the job done”


CUBS 3 – PIRATES 2 Win: Travis Wood (1-0) Loss: James McDonald (0-1) Save: Carlos Marmol (1) The Pittsburgh Pirates came up short Thursday afternoon, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Chicago Cubs who take two of three from the Pirates. The Pirates wasted a strong outing from James McDonald who allowed two hits and one earned run in seven innings. McDonald struck out four and walked two in the loss. McDonald threw 98 pitches, 61 for strikes. The Pirates bats were silent, managing just one hit through eight innings and a late rally in the ninth fell short. The Pirates only managed four hits in the game. This loss will be about squandered opportunities. Trailing 3-0 in the ninth, Andrew McCutchen singled to left, scoring Starling Marte to cut the Cubs lead to 3-1. Gaby Sanchez then singled to shallow right for his first hit of the season, scoringRead More »

Perrotto: McCutchen one of the central figures in race for NL batting title that is like no other in baseball history


By John Perrotto The race for the National League batting title is like no other in baseball history and Andrew McCutchen is one of the central figures. Yet the Pirates center fielder claims he is not paying attention to who is leading the league in hitting. “I don’t look at the stuff,” McCutchen said. “The only time it enters my mind is if someone asks me about it and the only people who ask me about it are in the media.” McCutchen will take a .345 batting average into Friday’s opener of a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park after the Pirates have today off. That puts him one point behind San Francisco left fielder Melky Cabrera, who is hitting .346. Here’s the catch, though, Cabrera is locked in at that average for the rest of the season as he serves out a 50-game suspension for usingRead More »

Morning Pirates Buzz: McCutchen joining MVP Discussion & more Buzz


MORNING PIRATES BUZZ Winners of four straight, and 12 of their last 15 games, the Pittsburgh Pirates (32-27) enter Monday’s off-day in first place in the NL Central, following a 7-6 Reds loss last night to the Detroit Tigers. What we saw this past weekend is that the Pirates are beating teams they should and winning at home, sweeping the Royals and improving to 19-11 at home this season. [instory] The Pirates 13-16 on the road, now embark on a six game road trip that begins Tuesday night against the Baltimore Orioles (34-26) who sit in fourth place in the tough AL East, followed by a three game set against the Cleveland Indians (32-27) who are in second place in the AL Central. The Indians (-16) and Pirates (-17) are the only first or second place teams in baseball that have a negative run differential. MCCUTCHEN JOINING MVP DISCUSSION A bitRead More »

Breaking down where Andrew McCutchen seems to fit best in the lineup long-term


By John Perrotto In Baseball America’s annual Best Tools survey, National League managers voted Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen as the third-best baserunner in the league behind Atlanta center fielder Michael Bourn and Mets shortstop Jose Reyes. Too bad Baseball America didn’t have a category for Most Versatile Hitter. McCutchen would have to be that guy in the NL this year. The 24-year-old McCutchen has hit leadoff 44 times, third 43 times and cleanup on 25 occasions. He is the only player in the major leagues to hit both No. 1 and No. 4 at least 10 times.

Pirates at the All-Star Break: 2nd Half Division Race; Injury Updates; Stats Watch & More


The Latest Pirates Buzz 1 GB at the All-Star Break Following today’s 9-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates enter the All-Star Break at 47-43, one game out of first place in the National League Central. NL Central Standings 1. Milwaukee Brewers (49-43) 2. St. Louis Cardinals (49-43) 3. Pittsburgh Pirates (47-43, 1GB) 4. Cincinnati Reds (45-47, 4 GB) 5. Chicago Cubs (37-55, 12 GB) 6. Houston Astros (30-62, 19 GB) 2nd Half Divisional Play In the NL Central, the Pirates feasted on the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs (13-5 combined record) in the first half but also performed well against the rest of the division, aside from their struggles against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Pirates have gone 20-12 in divisional play and they are going to need the same kind of success in the second half, if they want to earn their first trip to the playoffsRead More »

Morning Pirates Buzz: McCutchen’s walk-off blast has Pirates back at .500


Morning Pirates Buzz — Coming off a thrilling come from behind victory Tuesday night, Andrew McCutchen was the hero Wednesday night in extra innings, getting the Pirates back to .500. McCutchen led off the 12th by taking a 3-2 pitch from Arizona Diamondbacks starter Zach Kroenke (0-1) just inside the left-field foul pole for his 10th home run of the season. It was McCutchen second walk off homer of his career. The victory improved the Pirates record to 30-30, their best record this late in the season since the 2005 season when they were 30-30 on June 11, 2005. “We’re .500 and that’s about the significance of it to us,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “It will have more significance later in season when we’re 500. I understand the importance of it to the fans…. though, when I’m walking the streets, having lunch, having dinner, doing things around the Burgh.Read More »

Perrotto: Pirates not able to look to Indy for help at the plate


By John Perrotto The Pirates’ offense has yet to hit its stride nearly two months into the season. The Pirates are 13th in National League in runs scored with an average of 3.65 a game. They are also 12th in on-base percentage (.311), 14th in batting average (.236) and 15th in slugging percentage (.356). Manager Clint Hurdle has basically taken over the hitting coach responsibilities from Gregg Ritchie but that hasn’t sparked the Pirates’ hitters. Hurdle tried shuffling the batting order Wednesday with left fielder Jose Tabata batting leadoff and center fielder Andrew McCutchen in the No. 3 hole–the spots they occupied at the beginning of the season–but the Pirates lost 4-2 to the Atlanta Braves in 11 innings at PNC Park. Other than moving guys around on the lineup card, there seems to little Hurdle or the Pirates can do to get an offensive jolt. Class AAA Indianapolis hasRead More »