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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Series Preview: Pirates vs. Reds

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Pittsburgh Pirates (12-13)

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Cincinnati Reds (12-13)

Tuesday, May 5th — 7:05 pm
Wednesday, May 6th — 7:05 pm
Thursday, May 7th — 7:05 pm

PNC Park — Pittsburgh, PA

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A disappointing weekend sweep in St. Louis ended the Bucs’ long road trip, and they come home now at one game under .500. The Cincinnati Reds will be here for the next three days and carry an identical 12-13 record. The Redlegs swept the Opening Series from the Bucs in Cincy… Time to return the favor.

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Series Preview: Pirates @ Cardinals

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Pittsburgh Pirates (12-10)

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St. Louis Cardinals (15-6)

Friday, May 1st — 8:15 pm
Saturday, May 2nd — 2:15 pm
Sunday, May 3rd — 2:15 pm

Busch Stadium — St. Louis, MO

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The Pirates wrap up their long road trip with a three-day stay in St. Louis. The first place Cardinals play host, currently tied for MLB’s most wins at 15. They lost their ace, Adam Wainwright, for the season, but are rolling offensively and put three of their solid right-handers on the mound this weekend.

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