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 Post subject: The Life Without Cutch Countdown
PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 1:18 pm 
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Two games into life without McCutchen's bat in the lineup.

Game #1: Loss to Marlins (6-3); replacement in lineup was Jayson Nix who went 0-3 and Michael Martinez who went 0-0 with a walk
Game #2: Win over Marlins (7-3); replacement in lineup was Travis Snider who went 0-4 which included a RBI groundout

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 Post subject: Re: The Life Without Cutch Countdown
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Three games into life without McCutchen's bat in the lineup.

Game #1: Loss to Marlins (6-3); replacement in lineup was Jayson Nix who went 0-3 and Michael Martinez who went 0-0 with a walk. Team had 7 hits; 3 walks.
Game #2: Win over Marlins (7-3); replacement in lineup was Travis Snider who went 0-4 which included a RBI groundout. Team had 9 hits; 4 walks.
Game #3: Win over Marlins (7-2); replacement in lineup was Jayson Nix who went 1-3 with a walk and run scored. Team had 13 hits; 2 walks.

Replacement Total: 1-10; 1 single; 1 run scored; 2 walks; 1 RBI - record: 2-1

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 Post subject: Re: The Life Without Cutch Countdown
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Game 1 at this point feels like it was a long time ago.

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 Post subject: Re: The Life Without Cutch Countdown
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SUPERCHARGED APE wrote:
Game 1 at this point feels like it was a long time ago.



Game #1 ticked me off way more than Sunday's loss in AZ. Bucs had many chances in that game on Sunday and a bored umpiring crew decided to catch a drink in the lounge before their flight (oh well, crap happens) But Tuesday was no excuse. YOu can't blow 8th inning leads to mediocre teams in a pennant race.


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 Post subject: Re: The Life Without Cutch Countdown
PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2014 11:49 am 
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Four games into life without McCutchen's bat in the lineup.

Game #1: Loss to Marlins (6-3); replacement in lineup was Jayson Nix who went 0-3 and Michael Martinez who went 0-0 with a walk. Team had 7 hits; 3 walks.
Game #2: Win over Marlins (7-3); replacement in lineup was Travis Snider who went 0-4 which included a RBI groundout. Team had 9 hits; 4 walks.
Game #3: Win over Marlins (7-2); replacement in lineup was Jayson Nix who went 1-3 with a walk and run scored. Team had 13 hits; 2 walks.
Game #4: Win over Padres (2-1); replacement in lineup was Travis Snider who went 1-4 with a single. Team had 8 hits; 3 walks.

Replacement Total: 2-14; 2 singles; 1 run scored; 2 walks; 1 RBI - record: 3-1

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 Post subject: Re: The Life Without Cutch Countdown
PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:51 am 
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Five games into life without McCutchen's bat in the lineup.

Game #1: Loss to Marlins (6-3); replacement in lineup was Jayson Nix who went 0-3 and Michael Martinez who went 0-0 with a walk. Team had 7 hits; 3 walks.
Game #2: Win over Marlins (7-3); replacement in lineup was Travis Snider who went 0-4 which included a RBI groundout. Team had 9 hits; 4 walks.
Game #3: Win over Marlins (7-2); replacement in lineup was Jayson Nix who went 1-3 with a walk and run scored. Team had 13 hits; 2 walks.
Game #4: Win over Padres (2-1); replacement in lineup was Travis Snider who went 1-4 with a single. Team had 8 hits; 3 walks.
Game #5: Loss to Padres (2-1); replacement in lineup was Jayson Nix who went 2-3 with two singles. Team had 9 hits; 0 walks.

Replacement Total: 4-17; 4 singles; 1 run scored; 2 walks; 1 RBI - record: 3-2

Same time span:
Milwaukee (4-1)
St. Louis (2-3)
Cincinnati (3-2)
Atlanta (1-3)
San Franscisco (1-4)

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 Post subject: Re: The Life Without Cutch Countdown
PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 6:25 pm 
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Pirates have been pretty vague about when cutch will be back. We need him badly.


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 Post subject: Re: The Life Without Cutch Countdown
PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:30 am 
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Six games into life without McCutchen's bat in the lineup. Maybe I should have called this thread "The Life Without Cutch and Walker Countdown." Offense is quite challenged without them both in the lineup . . .

Game #1: Loss to Marlins (6-3); replacement in lineup was Jayson Nix who went 0-3 and Michael Martinez who went 0-0 with a walk. Team had 7 hits; 3 walks.
Game #2: Win over Marlins (7-3); replacement in lineup was Travis Snider who went 0-4 which included a RBI groundout. Team had 9 hits; 4 walks.
Game #3: Win over Marlins (7-2); replacement in lineup was Jayson Nix who went 1-3 with a walk and run scored. Team had 13 hits; 2 walks.
Game #4: Win over Padres (2-1); replacement in lineup was Travis Snider who went 1-4 with a single. Team had 8 hits; 3 walks.
Game #5: Loss to Padres (2-1); replacement in lineup was Jayson Nix who went 2-3 with two singles. Team had 9 hits; 0 walks.
Game #6: Loss to Padres (8-2); replacement in lineup was Travis Snider who went 1-4 with a single. Team had 7 hits; 2 walks.

Replacement Total: 5-21; 5 singles; 1 run scored; 2 walks; 1 RBI - record: 3-3

Same time span:
Milwaukee (4-2)
St. Louis (3-3)
Cincinnati (4-2)
Atlanta (2-3)
San Francisco (1-5)

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 Post subject: Re: The Life Without Cutch Countdown
PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:42 am 
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Nice effort, great detail, super depressing thread...smiles all around.

3-3. Not terrible.


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 Post subject: Re: The Life Without Cutch Countdown
PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:54 am 
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buccosfan77 wrote:
super depressing thread...


You'll get no disagreement from me on that opinion.

Right now I'm figuratively shuddering at what lies ahead through September 3rd.

Tigers (first place) - 4 games (2H; 2A)
Nationals (first place) - 3 games (A)
Braves (second place) - 3 games (H)
Brewers (first place) - 3 games (A - House of Horrors)
Cardinals (second place) - 3 games (H)
Reds (fourth place) - 3 games (H)
Cardinals (second place) - 3 games (A)

That's 19 games against some of the best teams in baseball and 3 games against a team that is, by all accounts, still in wildcard contention.

If the Bucs' lineup regularly includes Jayson Nix, Travis Snider and/or Michael Martinez in the starting lineup, I just don't see how the Pirates remain in contention after this stretch of games. About the best I can conclude is that the Braves, Cardinals, Nats and Reds have all experienced significant offensive woes this year and perhaps a hot streak by Pirate starters could make games close. That being written, I don't see enough consistent offense to expect even a .500 record in these 22 games. Winning 1 of 3 games each series wouldn't surprise me and that could add up to a 8-14 or 7-15 stretch.

Not being a doomsdayer; just trying to be realistic.

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 Post subject: Re: The Life Without Cutch Countdown
PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:01 pm 
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Yeah, I took a peek as well. I can't imagine a team with a tougher schedule in the league over that stretch. Was hoping to get Walker back but its his back and could potentially send him back to the dl. I can imagine certain players may be shut down if the bucs spiral out of contention with no time to catch up. The bug hit the bucs late.

Bucs need Pedro in the lineup badly. Nix? Martinez? Awful.


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 Post subject: Re: The Life Without Cutch Countdown
PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:54 am 
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Seven games into life without McCutchen's bat in the lineup.

Game #1: Loss to Marlins (6-3); replacement in lineup was Jayson Nix who went 0-3 and Michael Martinez who went 0-0 with a walk. Team had 7 hits; 3 walks.
Game #2: Win over Marlins (7-3); replacement in lineup was Travis Snider who went 0-4 which included a RBI groundout. Team had 9 hits; 4 walks.
Game #3: Win over Marlins (7-2); replacement in lineup was Jayson Nix who went 1-3 with a walk and run scored. Team had 13 hits; 2 walks.
Game #4: Win over Padres (2-1); replacement in lineup was Travis Snider who went 1-4 with a single. Team had 8 hits; 3 walks.
Game #5: Loss to Padres (2-1); replacement in lineup was Jayson Nix who went 2-3 with two singles. Team had 9 hits; 0 walks.
Game #6: Loss to Padres (8-2); replacement in lineup was Travis Snider who went 1-4 with a single. Team had 7 hits; 2 walks.
Game #7: Win over Tigers (11-6); replacement in lineup was Travis Snider who went 3-4 with a double, 2 HRs, 3 runs scored and 4 RBIs. Team had 14 hits; 5 walks.

Replacement Total: 8-25; 5 singles; 1 double; 2 HRs; 4 runs scored; 2 walks; 5 RBIs
Team record: 4-3

Same time span:
Milwaukee (5-2)
St. Louis (3-4)
Cincinnati (4-2)
Atlanta (2-4)
San Francisco (1-5)

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 Post subject: Re: The Life Without Cutch Countdown
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Eight games into life without McCutchen's bat in the lineup.

Game #1: Loss to Marlins (6-3); replacement in lineup was Jayson Nix who went 0-3 and Michael Martinez who went 0-0 with a walk. Team had 7 hits; 3 walks.
Game #2: Win over Marlins (7-3); replacement in lineup was Travis Snider who went 0-4 which included a RBI groundout. Team had 9 hits; 4 walks.
Game #3: Win over Marlins (7-2); replacement in lineup was Jayson Nix who went 1-3 with a walk and run scored. Team had 13 hits; 2 walks.
Game #4: Win over Padres (2-1); replacement in lineup was Travis Snider who went 1-4 with a single. Team had 8 hits; 3 walks.
Game #5: Loss to Padres (2-1); replacement in lineup was Jayson Nix who went 2-3 with two singles. Team had 9 hits; 0 walks.
Game #6: Loss to Padres (8-2); replacement in lineup was Travis Snider who went 1-4 with a single. Team had 7 hits; 2 walks.
Game #7: Win over Tigers (11-6); replacement in lineup was Travis Snider who went 3-4 with a double, 2 HRs, 3 runs scored and 4 RBIs. Team had 14 hits; 5 walks.
Game #8: Win over Tigers (4-2); replacement in lineup was Travis Snider who went 2-4 with a single, (gift) double and a RBI. Team had 9 hits; 3 walks.

Replacement Total: 10-29; 6 singles; 2 doubles; 2 HRs; 4 runs scored; 2 walks; 6 RBIs
Team record: 5-3

Same time span:
Milwaukee (5-3)
St. Louis (3-5)
Cincinnati (4-3)
Atlanta (2-5)
San Francisco (1-6)

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 Post subject: Re: The Life Without Cutch Countdown
PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:52 am 
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Josh Harrison since Cutch went down:

31 ABs, 14 hits, 9 singles, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 3 walks, 4 stolen bases, 7 runs scored. .451 BA and .500 OBP.

A month ago there was some discussion here as to whether Harrison should be considered the team's MVP. Maybe that was premature. But he's certainly playing like it now.

And since Mercer's my favorite Pirate, here's how he's picked up his game as well:

29 ABs, 12 hits, 9 singles, 3 doubles, 4 RBIs, 4 runs scored, 3 walks. .413 BA and .468 OBP.


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 Post subject: Re: The Life Without Cutch Countdown
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I want to give a shout out to Mercer also. Seems since Barmes went on the DL, he seems more relaxed. Without someone looking over his shoulder, he has produced. Good job, Jordy.


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 Post subject: Re: The Life Without Cutch Countdown
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Mercer has been a good to great hitter since April/May. When you start off as badly as he did those two months, it will likely effect the triple slashline until September. He is getting on base at a .378 clip post-All Star break which is one of the major reasons the team leads the league in OBP. You'd still like to see him hit RHP better obviously, but considering his improved defense I think you have to be satisfied with the results.


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 Post subject: Re: The Life Without Cutch Countdown
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IMOKRU wrote:
I want to give a shout out to Mercer also. Seems since Barmes went on the DL, he seems more relaxed. Without someone looking over his shoulder, he has produced. Good job, Jordy.


I dubbed him Mr. Backup Quarterback and will readily admit that his contributions this year have been a pleasant surprise. On both sides of the ball. Particularly on defense.

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 Post subject: Re: The Life Without Cutch Countdown
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Nearly five runs a game since Cutch went down (4.625).

Still want the MVP to return ASAP to get that # above five, but it's good to know that this offense is functional. Remember when we didn't know how much of an impact GP's call-up would make? By the looks of it offensive fears were a tad off. The bats struggle at times, for sure and as often happens in this game, but this lineup could be one of the better ones in the league at 100%.

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 Post subject: Re: The Life Without Cutch Countdown
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What is the nature of McCutcheon's injury? I suspect it has something to do with his getting "drilled" sometime back. Or am I wrong?
Hope he gets back soon.


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 Post subject: Re: The Life Without Cutch Countdown
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Husky wrote:
What is the nature of McCutcheon's injury? I suspect it has something to do with his getting "drilled" sometime back. Or am I wrong?
Hope he gets back soon.


Last night's broadcast showed some encouraging video of Cutch running and throwing before the game. However, given the nature of the "fracture," I would think that the most important test for Cutch to pass involves him taking batting practice at full speed.

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