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Pirates take out struggling Andrew McCutchen in double-switch

Apr 26, 2013, 10:21 PM EDT

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Andrew McCutchen entered tonight’s game against the Cardinals hitting just .235, including .105 in his previous five games, but you don’t expect the Pirates’ star to be subbed out in a fifth-inning double-switch. But that’s exactly what acting manager Jeff Bannister did when he approached home plate umpire Tim Timmons with his lineup card.

Starling Marte moved from center to left, Jared Hughes came into relieve and take McCutchen’s spot at #3 in the order, and Jose Tabata took over in center. McCutchen was visibly displeased with the decision as he very slowly walked off the field, staring blankly ahead.

McCutchen had gone 0-for-3, leaving four runners on base and lowering his batting average on the season to .226.

  1. kjericho43 - Apr 26, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Nice way to alienate your star player.

    • quintjs - Apr 26, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      lucky it was the acting manager and not the actual manager who can come in and keep the peace. Here is a conspiracy theory – Sanchez threw at Craig so Hurdle could be thrown out so Bannister can bencn McCutchen.

  2. steelers88 - Apr 26, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    So what! They were losing 5-0! They probably did it to get him a breather. Cutch will get it going eventually.

  3. ironcity6pak - Apr 26, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Curse of the Xbox cover, only this time it’s not an injury. C’mon Clutch.

    • gbpackfan1990 - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      The Show is only on Playstation

  4. randygnyc - Apr 26, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Fluke

    • baseballisboring - Apr 27, 2013 at 3:21 AM

      He’s had 90 at bats this year. And 4 great years before this one. Are you being serious?

  5. Stiller43 - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    “Andrew McCutchen entered tonight’s game against the Cardinals hitting just .200…”

    “Lowering his batting average on the season to .226.”

    …so he came in hitting .200, went 0 for 3, and came out batting .226?

    • Bill Baer - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:10 PM

      oops, thanks for catching my typo.

    • hittfamily - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      His batting average is .226. You are assuming “hitting” to be batting average, but it is most likely Hawk Harrelson’s new metric, the HHH.

      HHH : (batting average * tWtW) / maximum effort

      McCutchen’s will to win isn’t that high this year, which is why he was pulled. His tWtW is only .885. Therefore, his Hawk Harrison Hitting is .200. (.226 * .885) / 1

  6. onbucky96 - Apr 26, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    The MLB The Show Cover Jinx.

  7. conjecture101 - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    signs way less than his market value only to be publicly humiliated by the acting manager? I guess that’s why the Pirates are the Pirates.

    • louhudson23 - Apr 27, 2013 at 6:25 AM

      It is only humiliating if you get all puffed up about it with the whole “respect” bullshit……..new game tomorrow…move on and get rolling and all is forgotten….

      • conjecture101 - Apr 27, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        all is definitely forgotten by management. “What have you done for me lately?”

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