One week ago, the man known as “Cutch” went down with what was later confirmed as a rib fracture; and up until yesterday, Andrew McCutchen had never been placed on a disabled list (he was placed on the 15 day DL).
What does this mean? Well it means one of two things, either Cutch’s injury was more severe than initially suggested or that the rib fracture is indeed a rib fracture and it needs more time to heal than the Pittsburgh Pirates thought.
Pirates form still good
Either way it means the “Bucs” will have to endure more games without their biggest star - but if I was a betting man I would go with the latter of the two. The good news is that the Pirates have won four of their last seven games since McCutchen has gone down with the team really pulling together to make up for his absence.
While the impact of his loss is profound it must be encouraging to Pittsburgh fans that the team have fought like they have during this last stretch. That is especially true when you consider they can win a high-scoring game like they did against the Detroit Tigers 11-6 on Sunday.
Batting holding up for Pirates
The batting order was able to hit four home runs in the game with Travis Snider knocking in two. Now keep in mind that Tigers starter and former Cy Young winner Justin Verlander was only able to pitch one inning due to what has now been confirmed as shoulder inflammation… But that still should not take anything away from a team that was definitely the “David” against “Goliath” in this match-up on paper.
Where do the Pirates go from here? For their sake, hopefully more wins as this team awaits the return of their frontman and 2013’s NL MVP.