MLBbro Trio Pushes The Pitt Back To The Top With 5-0 Start | Cutch, Ke’Bryan Hayes and Michael A. Taylor Balling

MLBbro Trio Pushes The Pitt Back To The Top With 5-0 Start | Cutch, Ke’Bryan Hayes and Michael A. Taylor Balling

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.

 

Is MLBbro Michael Harris II Trending Upwards Just In Time For the Atlanta Braves Postseason?

 

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.

MLBbro Andrew McCutchen: The Pride of Steel City, Named 2023 Pittsburgher of the Year

MLBbro Andrew McCutchen: The Pride of Steel City, Named 2023 Pittsburgher of the Year

When it comes to representing Pittsburgh pride, MLBbro Andrew McCutchen’s name shines brightest as he takes home the honor of being named the 2023 Pittsburgher of the Year.

Cutch expresses his love for the city every chance he gets and it’s great to see that love being shown in return to the former 2013 National League MVP.

 

Andrew McCutchen Is An All-time Great Pittsburgh Pirates Star

During his first nine-year stint (2009-2017) with the Pittsburgh Pirates McCutchen cemented himself as one of the Steel city’s own. Hitting for both power and average along with being a dominant Gold Glove winning center fielder, Cutch went on to make five All-Star Teams, win the National League’s MVP award (.317 batting average, 21 home runs, 84 RBIs that season), and at the top of his list, winning the Roberto Clemente award (2015).

 

“It means a lot. I feel it means a bit more to me, just because of it being Roberto Clemente and him playing for the Pirates, wearing the same uniform…” Andrew would say about winning the Clemente award (the second Pirate to do so since Willie Stargell in 1974).

 

Regardless of the Change, The Loyalty Remained  

 

Even when McCutchen wasn’t a member of the Pirates he’s shown his loyalty and affection for Pittsburgh through his foundation Cutch’s Crew and his volunteer work with non-profit organizations throughout the city. His connection to the community further adds to the merit and deservedness of being Pittsburgher of the Year.

In November 2019 while a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, McCutchen gave back to the community launching Project Pittsburgh: Cutch Charity Week.

 

He would talk to students at a High School for a Development Day bringing in human resource professionals to offer advice concerning interviewing and searching for a job. Then helping them choose professional outfits to wear on these job interviews after graduation.

Cutch would also partner and volunteer with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, 412 Food Rescue, Reading Buddies, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and others during the week to show his love and support for the city.

 

Andrew McCutchen’s Pittsburgh Story is Still Being Written

 

 

The McCutchen story is not over in Steel City.

 

He returned to the club in 2023 in one of the most feel-good stories during the season where he returned to hit .256 with 12 home runs, 43 RBIs, and 41 stolen bases in 112 games. A season cut short due to a partially torn Achilles injury. Cutch signed a one-year, $5 million deal to return to the club in 2024.

 

 

The Lifetime .276 hitter with 299 homers and 1,045 RBIs cites there’s “more work to do” this season and does not put a timetable on when he will officially hang em’ up. He has however, made it clear that Pittsburgh will be his first and final home.

At Age 37 Andrew McCutchen Still Impacts Rising Pittsburgh Pirates

At Age 37 Andrew McCutchen Still Impacts Rising Pittsburgh Pirates

Earlier this offseason the Pittsburgh Pirates signed outfielder Andrew McCutchen to a one-year, $5 million deal. McCutchen, 37, is entering his 16th season in the MLB and is coming off a partially torn Achilles he suffered in his left foot on Sep.4.

 

McCutchen has had quite the career since entering the major leagues in 2009 with the Pirates, a team he wishes to finish his career with. In his career he has achieved the following accolades:

  • 2013 NL MVP
  • 5x All-Star
  • Gold Glove Award (2012)
  • 4x Silver Slugger Award (2012-2015)
  • Roberto Clemente Award (2015)

 

McCutchen had a batting average of .256 last season to go with 12 homers, 43 RBIs, 55 runs, and 11 stolen bases in 112 games with most of them being the designated hitter.

 

So how does McCutchen help the Pirates who finished (76-86), fourth in the NL Central Division last season benefit from McCutchen re-signing with the team?

 

A Veteran Presence

 

McCutchen is the longest-tenured Pirate who has been a part of the organization dating back to 2009. There are 14 guys on the active roster currently 27 years old or younger.

 

If you look at the full 40-man roster it also consists of numerous rookies and players with five years of experience or less. Having a player with the class of McCutchen who has accomplished a lot as an individual player, has been in playoff games, and has seen the highs and lows as a player with the organization.

 

The Pirates haven’t made the postseason since 2015, and losing can affect the confidence of many young players so having a veteran in the locker room such as McCutchen can help in what is a long grueling season.

 

A Reliable Hitter

Having an efficient and powerful hitter in baseball is one of the many recipes for success and McCutchen has a career batting average of .276, an on-base percentage of .369, and a slugging percentage of .465. 

 

 

There’s a reason he was the designated hitter for the Pirates last season, especially considering they ranked 24th in batting average (.239), and 22nd in runs (692).

 

With the Pirates struggling mightily to get any offense going, they will need a healthy McCutchen and his prowess at-bat to help them win games.

 

A Good Outfielder

McCutchen is still capable of getting it done in the outfield having been a Golden Glove recipient in 2012.

 

With the Pirates struggling mightily offensively last season and being 22nd in ERA (4.60) and WHIP (1.38) they’ll need to have a reliable defense at base and in the outfield to help them win games.

 

Verdict

McCutchen coming off a torn Achilles at the advanced age of 37 might be an insurmountable task to overcome especially if you expect him to perform at an All-Star level.

 

 

However, until he fully rehabs his injury, he can still provide a great veteran presence in the dugout, practices, and so forth that can teach the youngsters the ins and outs of the game and how to be a true professional from preparation to food diet.

 

McCutchen is one of the greatest Pirates of all time and looks to try to finish his career healthy and hopefully have a shot to win what’s missing on his resume… A World Series Title.

 

With An Ode To “The Wolf Of Wall Street” Pirates Legend Andrew McCutchen Announces Return For 11th Season On The Banks Of Three Rivers

With An Ode To “The Wolf Of Wall Street” Pirates Legend Andrew McCutchen Announces Return For 11th Season On The Banks Of Three Rivers


Few things go together better than peanut butter and jelly. That is unless its Andrew McCutchen in a Pittsburgh Pirates uniform.

 

The 37-year-old, who returned to his Pittsburgh roots for the 2023 season, announced via social media that he’ll be returning for the 2024 season.

 

But it’s the way he went about it that has everyone talking, not only did “Cutch” make Pirates fans happy, he also gave them a chuckle.

In his announcement McCutchen referenced “The Wolf of Wall Street” movie in which Leonardo DiCaprio made the announcement to his employees that he would indeed not be stepping down from his current position. It was met by a chorus of claps and excitement.



Pirated fans took to social media to retweet the announcement with captions that read like this.



@TalkinBaseball_ said this …

“THIS is how you announce you re-signed.”

@specialandrare tweeted this …

“Probably the best player tweet I’ve ever seen.”

Cutch Returns For 15th Season 

 

It’s safe to say the Pirates faithful are happy to have one of the franchise’s icons back in the fold for at least one more go.

The deal is one-year, $5 million.

 



Late Season’s Injury Isn’t Stopping Cutch



After playing in 112 games for the Pirates this season, McCutchen suffered a partially torn Achilles tendon in September. Initially the belief was he was fine, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case.

That didn’t stop Cutch who finished the 2023 season with a slash line of .256/.378/.397 (112 OPS+) with 12 home runs, 43 RBI, and 11 stolen bases in (14 attempts), from still wanting to continue his career. 

He also surpassed the 2,000-hit milestone.

 

 

Over the summer and prior to the injury he reiterated that he wanted to continue to play beyond this season, but only in Pittsburgh.



“I’m not done,” McCutchen told reporters over the summer. “Tom Brady said he would stop playing when he stunk. I don’t want to put it in the same context, but when my body tells me I’ve had enough. My body is still saying, Nah, you’re good. You’re fine.”


McCutchen Has Hall Of Fame Resume



Taken with the 11th overall pick in the 2025 MLB Draft, McCutchen spent the first nine seasons in Pittsburgh (2009-17) winning the 2013 NL MVP.

The five time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger Award winner then spent 2018-2022 with the Giants, Yankees, Phillies and Brewers, where he enjoyed moderate success, but nothing like his tenure in Pittsburgh.

While Cutch won the 2013 NL MVP Award, his best season actually came in 2012 when he led the NL in hits with (194), on-base percentage (.410), extra-base hits (69) and OPS (.952).

 



He currently sits with a .276 batting average, 299 home runs, 2,048 hits, 1,045 RBI across a 15-year MLB career. Welcome back to the MLBbro OG Andrew McCutchen. Thanks for giving us another year of covering your illustrious baseball journey.