As the first place Pirates rolled into town, I shouted from the rooftops that the only way to shut down Pittsburgh is to keep Andrew McCutchen off the bases.
The Pirates defeated Kansas City 3-2 on Sunday and Cutch drove in all three of Pittsburgh’s runs. He is their entire offense.
It wasn’t until I popped over to the Orioles statistics page on ESPN.com that I discovered the similarity between the O’s and Buccos. As it turns out, both team’s centerfielders are not only their star players, but their leaders on offense.
Adam Jones leads the Orioles in batting average (.300), home runs (17), RBI (37), on base percentage (.345) and hits (73). Andrew McCutchen leads in the same five categories for the Pirates with a .324 average, 11 homers, 37 RBI, a .384 OBP and 68 hits.
After this three game set, both Jones and McCutchen should see each other again when they’re both starting in the All-Star game in Kansas City.