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They deserve a lot of credit for the Francisco Cervelli pickup. He's now hitting .298 with a .371 OBP and also works real well with a very good pitching staff. He's not Russell Martin, of course, but he's not a huge downgrade either.
Anyone have Starling Marte leading the team in bombs in the last week of June? Baseball is fun, remember?
The A.J. Burnett story has the potential to get real cool. He's never even been an All-Star, let alone gotten Cy Young consideration.
Regardless of what I said in the intro, I still trust that they're more the hot streak than the bad stretches. I wouldn't be surprised if they took the Central, though it's obviously a big hole right now.
Andrew McCutchen hit .194/.302/.333 in April. In May? .330/.419/.566. Through two games in June, he's 5-for-7 with a double and a triple. If you know of anyone who traded him away in fantasy baseball after the slow start, please mock that person mercilessly.
And here they come. This is a playoff-caliber roster, so it was only a matter of time.
Jung Ho Kang is already a bargain. Through eight games, he was 1 for 13, but he's now hitting .320/.381/.467. The Pirates got him for four years and $11 million.
Maybe that three-run bomb will get Josh Harrison going. He's been miserable so far this season but we know how good he can be. As an aside, let's take this opportunity to note that one of the biggest complaints I get early in the season is that I'm quick to 'promote' certain teams when they start to look like they've turned a corner while I'm reluctant to promote others. People are quick to cry 'bias' here, but the teams I'm quick to move up are the ones who have more talent on the roster. I expected the Pirates (and Nationals, to name another example from this week) to be good because the personnel is very good. When they start playing better early in the year, of course I'm going to be quicker to move them up than, say, the Twins. Talent always wins out as we move through the spring and summer months. This isn't a new or even a difficult concept to grasp.
Through 26 games last season, they were 10-16. So while a little concern is warranted, let's not overdo it.
Need a reminder it's early and we shouldn't react too much to what we've seen? Look at Andrew McCutchen's batting line.
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2015 Team Leaders
AVGAndrew McCutchen , CF.299
HRStarling Marte , LF13
RBIAndrew McCutchen , CF51
OBPAndrew McCutchen , CF.395
SLGAndrew McCutchen , CF.497
RAndrew McCutchen , CF45
SBGregory Polanco , RF17
WGerrit Cole , SP12
ERAA.J. Burnett , SP1.99
WHIPFrancisco Liriano , SP1.02
KGerrit Cole , SP113
SVMark Melancon , RP27

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