McCutchen should stick in the six spot

Moving Andrew McCutchen to the six hole has been the best thing to happen to the Pirates’ offense this season.

In a way, he was due. I wrote for Fangraphs on May 15th that his batted ball in play average (BABIP) was far too low (.221 at the time). Fangraphs’ editor Dave Cameron wrote about his hot streak this past week, again citing a much higher BABIP average (.356). The league average is usually around .300. Entering play Friday, McCutchen was at .284, so he has almost caught up to even ground.


The Pirates’ Most Underused Pitch is Marinez’s Slider

The Pirates’ bullpen is in trouble at the moment. Felipe Rivero is continuing a surefire All-Star worthy campaign, but there is not much of a bridge to get to him.

Juan Nicasio is suffering from fatigue and might be used less for the time being. Daniel Hudson has looked OK in recent high leverage situations, but he was batted around in late innings earlier in the year. He also does not seem to have much of a leash, which is why Clint Hurdle pulled him after one hit Saturday. Tony Watson is at the end of his rope.