Bash Brothers

 

cutch-jones.jpgThe Cubbies have not won the World Series since 1908.

They also haven’t won a a game against the Pirates since September 29, 2009.

The Offense of the Pirates has been ignited all season when they are matched up with Chicago.

The Pirates put up 10 runs on Friday and have collected 26 runs thus far against the Northsiders.

Why the surge?

Look no further than the faces of the organization.


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Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones made history Friday afternoon becoming the first teammates since 1999 to record five hits each while hitting a homerun.

Cutch went 5-for-5 with homer, Jones 5-for-6 with a three run blast. 

It really has been a tale of two seasons for these two young men. Just establishing themselves last season in their rookie years the tandem had big, pressure filled roles placed upon their shoulders entering this season.  

Andrew has lived up to the expectations. Garrett has not. At least until Friday.

McCutchen has been the unquestioned leader of his team. Batting a team leading .336 with a .522 slugging percentage.

Jones has been slow, but is finally turning his underperforming season around. The power he showed last year (21 homeruns in just a half a season of play) and at the start of this season (two home runs in his first two at bats of the season). Jones and McCutchen are tied for the team lead with five dingers. He has brought his Mendoza line BA up to a respectable .264.

He may never live up to the legend he built himself up to be last season, but Jones can prove he is a legitimate threat in this otherwise depleted lineup.

Currently Jones has struck out with the bases loaded in an attempt to add to the Pirates 3-2 lead over the Cubs. They scattered their only three runs in the first inning but have continued to get on base. This is a big series for not only the Bucs as they try to keep their win streak alive over a division opponent. It is also big for myself and other Pittsburgh fans.


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For every run the Pirates score one dollar comes off the price of a Left field or Right field ticket for next week’s series against the Braves. Currently those tickets will be just $11 dollars. They are great seats regularly priced at $24 dollars. 11 more runs and yep, they are free! I’m hoping for a few more insurance runs and bigger discount. I’d love to be at the ballpark for cheap next weekend!

phot credits: postgazette.com

 

 

5 Comments

The Cubbies go though so much :(

Well good for the Pirates though! What an offensive splurge! Those really feel good. It’s great when the whole lineup somehow clicks and everything feels right. It puts pressure of the pitcher too.

McCutchern for the all star game? I think YES!

http://mimi.mlblogs.com

Chicks may love the long ball….But bring on the free tickets!! I love rookies!
mike
http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.mlblogs.com/

I hate to admit it, but as long as they are not playing the Phillies, I have been rooting for the Pirates, I really want them to have a good year this year, I think it’ll let them build to a better one next year, who know s the cross state rivalry maybe worth more than just pride then… this week we get to see the Pirates then the sCrUBS in a couple of 2 game sets…should be fun

-peter
Phillies Outside

Matt – what’s this ticket deal all about? Tim and I are going to be in Pittsburgh on Saturday-Sunday for the Braves game. I’m a big fan of free tickets! And heavily discounted tickets. How do we get in on this?
-Todd
http://cookandsonbats.mlblogs.com

It will be interesting to see how Garrett Jones does over the course of an entire season. He actually came up in the Twins organization, but we didn’t really have a stop for him at the time. We tried him as a designated hitter for awhile, but we also seemed to be in the thick of a pennant race (who isn’t in the AL Central?!) and thus didn’t have the patience for his K’s and (often) low batting average. It looks as if his power is being showcased on your Pirates, though!
http://zkonedog.mlblogs.com/

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