Last season, Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen hit .194/.302/.333 in the month of April.
He finished off with a solid .292/.401/.488 mark.
He may be doing something similar this season, as he entered last night’s game with a slash line of .213/.337/.347 – slightly better than last April, but not quite “McCutchenesque”.
Well, stuck in a 3-for-23 slump that saw him getting some occasional days off, “Cutch” broke out in a big way last night, helping the Bucs to a 9-4 win over the Colorado Rockies.
McCutchen worked the field with a solo shot to left in the 1st, a solo shot to center in the 2nd, and a 3-run homer to right in the 6th.
Left fielder Starling Marte picked up his 3rd outfield assist of the season, cutting down the potential tying runner in the 5th inning and killing a Colorado rally.
Here’s a look at the current stats for the mighty Pittsburgh outfield.
The Pirates had lost 6 of 7 at one point, but have since gone 7-3 including wins in 5 of their last 6.
Unfortunately for them, the Chicago Cubs have a league-best .750 winning percentage, so there’s only so much they can do.
But Pittsburgh has gotten their name into the playoff conversation, living up to their pre-season expectations.