With the MLB season in its infancy stages, one of the more surprising stories is the white-hot start of the Pittsburgh Pirates.


After a dominant Monday performance dismissing the Washington Nationals 8-4, the Pirates have raced off to a 5-0 record leading before running it back on Wednesday against the Nats. All of a sudden, a team that finished fourth in the NL Central with a 76-86 record without a winning record since 2018 is an offensive juggernaut these days.


Pittsburgh’s offense is on a historical, albeit short, run. The Pirates have tallied at least six runs in each of their victories for the first time in more than a century, something Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton loves…


“There’s significance to getting off to a good start,” Shelton said Monday night after the Pirates beat the Nats to follow up a four-game sweep at the Miami Marlins. “You come out of spring training and all the things you talk about that you kind of want to implement – and we’ve talked a lot about our intent should be and how it should be – and we’ve kind of executed that in the first five games.”


Teams don’t dominate offensively to the tune of 39-21 without input throughout the lineup. MLBbro.com has eyes on the collection of talent from the “MLBbro Amigo” trio consisting of Ke’Bryan Hayes, Andrew McCutchen, and Michael A. Taylor.


These three MLBbros have made their presence felt through the first week but Monday’s win featured two of the three…


  • Michael A. Taylor led the offensive brigade with three hits.

  • Andrew McCutchen followed suit strongly with two hits as well.  


Another sweep on the road could possibly have the Pittsburgh Pirates become the talk of the Majors, shocking the baseball world with a long winning streak. But to do that, the contributions of the MLBbros will get them there.


Ke’Bryan Hayes: 


For years, Ke’Bryan Hayes has been known for snagging balls in the field with swagger and excellence. Now it seems he has brought his baseball bat to the party. After struggling with injuries, Hayes started to find his eye at the plate.


Our MLBbro is coming off a career campaign at the plate with career highs in hits (134), doubles (31), triples, (7), Bro Bombs, (15) and RBI (61). In August, Hayes hit .320 with six homers and 20 RBI in August and followed that up with nine doubles and four homers in September.


Through five games this season, Ke’Bryan Hayes has been on fire, flirting with the .400 mark hitting .391 with five RBI and an even more impressive OPS 1.004. With the combination of a hot bat and his Gold Glove ease in the field…



Are NL MVP awards in his future? Just remember MLBbro.com mentioned it first.


Andrew McCutchen:


For any team to stay on top especially when it’s not a normal occurrence, locker room leadership is needed to keep everyone focused. This is the job of MLBbro, Andrew McCutchen. A player the Pirates brought back on a one-year $5 million deal this offseason. A veteran who has mastered the process of staying ready, and in the moment, understanding the highs and lows has already been shown this season…


  • After striking out five times in his first nine at-bats…

  • After being a scratch in the Saturday and Sunday games…

  • McCutchen returns to the lineup and has a solid 2-4 (with a walk) performance at the plate including a huge RBI in the 8th inning on Monday.



Our MLBbro has a resume that includes five All-Star appearances and a 2013 NL MVP who remembers the last time this franchise was relevant leading the Pirates to three straight playoff appearances (2013-15).


If McCutchen can duplicate the stat line of 12 homers, 43 RBI and 55 runs from the DH spot in part-time duty, his experience alone as a winner will keep the young players on track. Keep it locked to MLBbro.com as we track Andrew’s 300th career home run, which he missed by inches on Monday.


Michael A. Taylor:


MLBbro.com has been shining the spotlight on Atlanta Braves center fielder Michael Harris II his whole career for his production at the plate out of the ninth spot in the lineup.


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It’s time for him to slide over and make room for Michael A. Taylor, also a center fielder who is now on fire hitting out of the eighth/ninth slot in the lineup. This MLBbro is batting .471 with four RBI and an OPS of 1.064. Couple this with a slugging percentage of .588 Taylor is off to an unbelievable start. Like fellow MLBbro McCutchen, Taylor has a team-friendly one-year contract at $4 million. 


The former American League Gold Glove winner has a 10-year run as one of the best fielding outfielders in the game. Now that his hot bat is included, it’s not hard to see why Pittsburgh is undefeated.


These three MLBbro amigos have illustrated three ingredients of winning baseball…offense…defense and leadership off the field. It’s something the Pittsburgh Pirates need to keep their winning ways.

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