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Last night the Pittsburgh Pirates dropped game one of their series to the Nationals 8-4. Chad Kuhl never really got settled in as he allowed six runs on 10 hits in four innings of work. The Nationals have a very good offense and Kuhl never really gave the Pirates a chance in this game. However, despite the loss, Josh Harrison continued his stellar start to 2017. He went 2-5 with a home run, one RBI, and a run scored. He also evaded a tag at second base, reminding us that no one gets out of pickles better than Josh Harrison.

Adam Frazier also contributed two hits and has picked up right where he left off before his injury. Frazier is hitting .375 since being taken off the DL. For a team that has struggled to score runs, this can only be good news. If Frazier and Harrison can continue to produce at the top of the order, that should only mean good things for the Pirates. However, there is a minor (MAJOR) problem with this theory and that’s the current three-hitter.

Cutch Isn’t Happening

Andrew McCutchen went 0-4 last night, which brought his average down to .206 with a .670OPS. During the offseason when it was announced McCutchen was being moved out of center field, he made the claim he was going to have a “monster season.” I think it’s safe to assume, we are all still waiting to see the monster unleashed. Right now McCutchen is hitting like Sully from Monster’s Inc. When guys are hitting in front of you and you aren’t producing, it really becomes a huge problem. For most of the season, Frazier and Harrison have given McCutchen RBI opportunities, he just simply isn’t cashing them in.

When guys are hitting in front of you and you aren’t producing, it really becomes a huge problem. For most of the season, Frazier and Harrison have given McCutchen RBI opportunities, he just simply isn’t cashing them in. The Pirates have a lot of excuses for their poor start. Jung Ho Kang‘s VISA issues, Starling Marte‘s suspension, and several key injuries. However, despite the excuses, the struggles of Andrew McCutchen are the biggest reason for the team’s 16-23 record. The team is missing plenty of key contributors, but what the team is missing most is a productive Andrew McCutchen. Where have you gone, Cutch?

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Steve Kubitz

Steve Kubitz was born and raised in the Stanton Heights neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA. He is a long time and annoyingly positive baseball fan. He bought into the Pirates’ 5-year-plan before it was cool. He is best known for staying calm about losing streaks on twitter and trying his best to make sure other fans don’t overreact to when the Pirates lose a tough ballgame to a division rival. The only thing he isn’t positive about is the wave during close ballgames.

  • leadoff

    McCutchen is a huge problem, so is the 4 hitter. But the biggest problem of all is Hurdle, his stubborn attitude toward McCutchen in the 3 hole also Polanco in the 4 hole. He is showing he would rather lose than deal with either one of these two guys, especially McCutchen.

    • piratemike

      I wonder how much NH has to do with where Cutch is hitting in the lineup?
      I know what Cutch has meant to the team and fan base but loyalty can only go so far.
      I guess it is either loyalty or hoping that he rebounds and will become tradable.

      • leadoff

        He claims he has nothing to do with the lineup, regarding who plays, where they play or where they hit. Huntington claims Hurdle has complete control of the lineup. He mentioned this on one of his Sunday shows last year. I don’t completely believe him. When Meadows comes up, he will start, unlike someone like Gnoebe. I think it depends on the player whether it’s Hurdle or Huntington making the call. Where they hit in the lineup, probably Hurdle all the way.