Andrew McCutchen’s average was all the way down last year to .188 after a May 6 game against the Red. The next day he went 3 for 5 and never looked back, steadily climbing back to the .300 mark and hovering there for a few months toward the end of the season.
Today, we saw Andrew McCutchen break out of his slump in one swing, as John Wehner said when he jacked his first home run on the second at bat of the whole game.
Then he broke out even more in his second at bat, putting another solo homer into the center field bleachers.
Then he broke out even more in the sixth inning when he blasted a three-run, opposite-field homer that barely cleared the wall in right field.
Those first two aren’t cheapies, either, even though it is Coors Field. Those are absolute no-doubters. The Pirates scored other runs during the game, including a pair of solo homers from David Freese and Starling Marte. They also continued to get key hits with 2 outs; four different players had 2-out RBIs in this game.
Cole managed to limit the Rockies to no more than a single run in each of his innings, and got a little help from Marte in the 5th when Marte threw out what would have been the tying run at the plate with a really nice catch-and-tag from Cervelli:
This could be that watershed game for McCutchen to get things going again this year like he had last year. If this lineup wasn’t scary enough before this game, a Cutch playing at his career levels makes it that much scarier.