The Pittsburgh Pirates have won three straight games. The team has also won five of its last seven and six of its last nine.
Last season the team was 18-18 after 36 games. Heading into the final game against the Miami Marlins tonight the Bucs have a chance to even their record at 18-18 again.
The 2012 version has gone about it differently. The team has relied on a heavy dose of starting pitching to go with some sketchy defense at times and some ultra light hitting. The bullpen hasn’t allowed many runs, but certainly doesn’t lack in providing excitement for the opposition in those late innings.
While wining five of their past seven, the team has scored 22 runs. The pitching staff has pitched 66 innings and allowed just 15 earned runs for a sparkling 2.05ERA.
Kevin Correia goes against Josh Johnson who was God like last year against the Bucs.
Don’t look now, but Andrew McCutchen is having a month.
He has hit .438 in the first 10 games in May.
He is 7-for-his last-9 against left handers. (Attention Gio Gonzalez)
He is hitting .441 this season off left handers.
With teammates in scoring position Cutch is 8-for-23.
In his last eight games, he is hitting .481 and is now third among NL center fielders with 40 hits.
It’s May. The team needs offense, it’s time for Cutch to turn into a monster in front of everyone’s eyes.