Pirates Andrew McCutchen Loves Hitting In June
By Tom Smith
The Pittsburgh Pirates are in the midst of an important stretch of the season. We wrote before it began that the Bucs bats must come to life. It would be a good time to dig them out of their grave. The Reds send unbeaten Mat Latos to the mound before the Pirates depart for Atlanta and the start of a six-game road trip. The road trip ends with three games in Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs after an off day Thursday.
One player that has played very well in the month of June has been Andrew McCutchen. The Bucco Silver Slugger has hit .317 over his career in the month of June has went 130-for-410 with 26 doubles, ten triples and eleven home runs.
Cutch has driven 68 runs since making his debut in June of 2009. It’s fourth in the National League behind Ryan Braun who has 81, Hanley Ramirez and Prince Fielder.
McCutchen is 20-for-his-last 60 and has muli-hit games in seveno of those fifteen games. In May, McCutchen was 34-for-105. Last June, Cutch lit it up. In 27 games, the Gold Glover destroyed pitching collecting 40 hits.
The Bucs are going to need a solid June from McCutchen if they keep limiting their offensive output. Nine of the the Pirates last 14 games have been decided by one run–the Bucs have won seven of those. The Pirates are 24-11 in games decided by two runs or less.
The Pirates are 14-11 on the road this season and have won six of their past eight games away from PNC Park.