Series Preview: Pirates @ Phillies

Pirates vs Phillies

Pittsburgh Pirates (15-16)

@

Philadelphia Phillies (11-21)

Monday, May 11th — 7:05 pm
Tuesday, May 12th — 7:05 pm
Wednesday, May 13th — 7:05 pm
Thursday, May 14th — 1:05 pm

Citizens Bank Park — Philadelphia, PA

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The Pirates finished a nice series win against the Cardinals at PNC, and now head to the other side of the state to face the 11-21 Phillies. No reason the Bucs shouldn’t be able to get a few W’s in Philly, and hopefully go to Chicago next weekend over the .500 mark.

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Series Preview: Pirates vs. Cardinals

Pirates vs Cardinals

Pittsburgh Pirates (13-15)

vs.

St. Louis Cardinals (21-7)

Friday, May 8th — 7:05 pm
Saturday, May 9th — 7:05 pm
Sunday, May 10th — 1:35 pm

PNC Park — Pittsburgh, PA

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Finally the Pirates picked up a W on Thursday night, waking up the bats for a seven-run showing and stopping a five-game losing skid. It may not get any easier, however, with the 21-7 St. Louis Cardinals coming to town this weekend. The Redbirds, as you’ll remember, swept the Bucs in STL last weekend with three one-run, extra-inning defeats. Let’s hope for a little better fortune this time around.

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The Pitch That Josh Harrison Can’t Hit

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Yesterday, we looked at the recent struggle of Andrew McCutchen, particularly how he’s not getting the explosiveness to turn on line drives like he usually does. Today, we’ll focus on the other vital but currently worrisome piece of the Pirates’ offense: Josh Harrison.

Like McCutchen, the 2014 All-Star is off to an incredibly sluggish start, batting .175/.213/.291 in his first 25 games of the season. Unlike McCutchen, maybe you were waiting for this to happen, or at least wondering if it would happen — can J-Hay really repeat his unbelievable 2014?

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Andrew McCutchen’s Loss of the Line Drive

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Andrew McCutchen is not himself right now — there’s no other way to put it. He says he’s fine. The team says he’s fine. He’s not fine: he’s batting .188/.279/.292 and has been a below replacement level player through the first month of the season.

The offense as a whole has struggled early on, but it’s still obvious how much of the team’s production runs through #22. They’ve scored two or fewer runs in 14 of their 27 contests, wasting plenty of good pitching performances and quickly falling to eight games out of first place.

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