Perrotto: McCutchen, Watson Ideal Fits for Trade With Nationals

The Washington Nationals have the best record in the National League as they get set to make their lone visit to PNC Park this season.

Though the Nationals are 24-13 going into the three-game series against the Pirates that begins Tuesday night, they are not a perfect team. Washington has yet to settle on a closer six weeks into the season and center fielder/leadoff hitter Adam Eaton sustained a season-ending knee injury last month.

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Pirates-Nationals Preview Capsule

Pirates (16-22) vs. Washington Nationals (24-13)

Site: PNC Park

Tuesday: RHP Chad Kuhl (1-3, 5.81) vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg (3-1, 3.28), 7:05 p.m.

Wednesday: RHP Gerrit Cole (1-4, 3.06) vs. Undecided, 7:05 p.m.

Thursday: RHP Tyler Glasnow (1-3, 7.98) vs. RHP Tanner Roark (3-1, 3.88), 12:35 p.m.

NOTES: The Pirates are in last place in the National League Central, six games behind the division-leading St. Louis Cardinals, but have won back-to-back games following a six-game losing streak. The Nationals lead the NL East by 7 1/2 games over the New York Mets and have won three of their last four games. … The teams are meeting for the first time in 2017 after the Nationals won the season series 4-2 last year. The Nationals have won each of the last three season series, going 12-8. … Pirates 1B Josh Bell is 3-for-8 (.375) with a double, two home runs and three walks in his last three games. … Nationals RF Bryce Harper is 10-for-24 (.417) with two doubles, three home runs, three walks and five strikeouts in his last six games. … Cole is 2-1 against the Nationals in his career while Kuhl and Glasnow have no decisions. … Strasburg is 3-2 against the Pirates and Roark is 2-0.

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Two Pirate Prospects Shine Today

Two players that the Pirates are counting on to have a role in the team’s future had encouraging outings this afternoon.

Clay Holmes and Austin Meadows starred as AAA Indianapolis beat Charlotte, 3-2, for their fourth straight win.

The bigger story is Meadows starting to find his stroke at the plate. The Pirates top prospect collected a season-high 3 hits including a double off the wall.

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Perrotto: Mentally Strong Taillon Faces Toughest Test

The 2017 season has seemingly been nothing but one major blast of bad news after another for the Pirates.

Third baseman Jung Ho Kang is still stuck in his native South Korea. He continues to try to secure a work visa after receiving a two-year suspended sentence in March for his third DUI conviction.

Starling Marte is playing in extended spring training games in Bradenton rather than patrolling center field in the major leagues. He is on the restricted list until mid-July after getting suspended 80 games last month for violating Major League Baseball’s performance enhancing drug policy.

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Pirates Send Gosselin to AAA Indianapolis

The Pirates made a couple of roster moves today in the hopes of adding some production to their anemic hitting bench.

This afternoon, the team announced that they’ve recalled Max Moroff and Chris Bostick from AAA Indianapolis and sent down catcher Elias Diaz and utility man Chris Bostick.

Bostick is a utility player that the Pirates acquired last year from the Washington Nationals. The Pirates drafted Moroff in the 16th round back in 2012.

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Huntington Must Fix Pirates Roster

Let me start this by saying this is all Starling Marte‘s fault.

Marte’s selfish and idiotic decision to knowingly use PED’s crippled Clint Hurdle‘s lineup options and killed any chance the team had of competing in the NL Central.

All that being said, due to slow starts by nearly every team in the division, the Pirates are only three games out of first and two games behind the Chicago Cubs.

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