3 Up, 3 Down: May 29th-June 4th

Welcome to 3 Up, 3 Down: a weekly recap and preview for the Pirates. This post refers to  games from May 29-June 4, a stretch where the Pirates lost two out of three at home to the Diamondbacks (5/29-5/31) before taking two out of three on the road against the Mets (6/2-6/4).

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Trevor Williams turned in a pair of quality starts this week, going six innings Monday against the Diamondbacks and seven innings Sunday against the Mets, only allowing one run in both outings. He struck out six and walked two in that stretch. If his first start against the Dodgers is excluded, Williams has a 2.83 ERA ever since taking over for Jameson Taillon

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Perrotto: McCutchen’s Bat Showing Signs Of Life

Andrew McCutchen can give great answers with nothing more than a facial expression.

That was the case Sunday night when I asked the Pirates center fielder the question that has been on everyone’s mind for the first two months of the season.

Are you finished?

McCutchen pulled his head back, rolled his eyes and then broke into a big smile. He then gave the slightest of chuckles and walked away to begin preparing for a game the Pirates lost 7-2 to the New York Mets at PNC Park.

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Upcoming Decisons for Hurdle

Don’t look now but the Pirates are stringing together wins and showing shines of turning around the 2017 season.

Following today’s 9-4 win over Atlanta, the Pirates have now won 8 of their last 12 games.

They’ll have a chance to keep up the winning baseball because starting tomorrow night against the New York Mets, 16 of their next 21 games will be played at PNC Park.

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Perrotto: Pirates’ Inability to Field Three Outfielders is Embarrassing

PITTSBURGH — In the latest bit of Pirates’ bad news, right fielder Gregory Polanco was placed on the 10-day disabled list prior to Wednesday night’s 6-1 victory over the Washington Nationals at PNC Park.

Polanco being sidelined by a strained right hamstring means only one of the three members of the Pirates’ celebrated outfield is on the active roster. That is Andrew McCutchen, who is hitting just .214 with six home runs and a .679 OPS in 38 games even after going 2-for-4 with a two-run single Wednesday.

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Perrotto: Even In Decline, McCutchen Deserves More Respect

PITTSBURGH — The move, for the most part, went unnoticed.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle made a double switch at the start of the eighth inning Tuesday night, bringing in left-hander Wade LeBlanc in to pitch and rookie Jose Osuna in to play left field.

Hurdle also shifted Adam Frazier from left field to center field and removed center fielder Andrew McCutchen from the game. The score was just 6-4 at the time in a game the Pirates would go on to lose 8-4 to the Washington Nationals.

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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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