This is not good news in the slightest for the Pirates. After missing the playoffs last season for the first time since 2012, Pittsburgh is trying to get back on track this season, and doing that without one of their best players for half the year will not be easy.
The 28-year-old Marte will not be allowed to return until after the All-Star break and will be ineligible for the playoffs if the Pirates qualify. There’s no need to panic for the Bucs, however, for they have the right man to fill the void.
Marte’s breakout 2016 season, in which he batted .311, coincided with a comparatively lackluster year from franchise player Andrew McCutchen, who batted just .256. Marte’s absence is a huge blow to the Pirates, but it might just be the opportunity that ‘Cutch needs to reinvent himself.
Don’t get me wrong, while 2016 wasn’t a good year for McCutchen’s standards, he still didn’t play all that poorly. His batting average was significantly lower than previous seasons, but he still hit 24 homers and drove in 79 runs, both respectable numbers. But, when you consider that he normal bats somewhere in the 310s, his downgrade season was enough for Clint Hurdle to make Marte the club’s starting center fielder, bumping McCutchen to right for the first 13 games of the season. With Marte gone, Hurdle placed his stalwart back where he belongs, and it paid off immediately.
Against St. Louis on Tuesday night, McCutchen was a new man, going 2-4 to extend his hitting streak to nine games and making an impressive full-sprint catch on the warning track to rob Mike Leake of extra bases. After the grab McCutchen pounded his chest and pointed to the ground, saying “this is mine”. That old ‘Cutch swagger is exactly what the Pirates are going to need to become a contender in the NL Central again.
There’s no reason to believe that McCutchen won’t return to All-Star form this season. Returning him to his natural position in center instead of moving someone else was a smart move on Hurdle’s behalf and it should continue to pay dividends. McCutchen is my prediction for NL Comeback Player of the Year this year, and now that he’s back in center field, he might do just that.
VIDEO: Giants’ CEO Larry Baer Knocks Down Wife During Argument
You can see the video below.
Baer has acknowledged the incident, saying; “My wife and I had an unfortunate public argument related to a family member and she had an injured foot and she fell off her chair in the course of the argument,” Baer said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“The matter is resolved. It was a squabble over a cellphone. Obviously it’s embarrassing.”
Red Sox Take Game 2 in 2018 MLB World Series
it was David Price (BOS) going up against Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD) on the pitching mound.
In six innings of the world series, David Price had an ERA of 3.00 with 3 hits and 2 runs and zero home runs.
On the LA Dodgers side, Hyun-Jin Ryu was the pitcher for the Dodgers. He only lasted 4.2 innings with 6 hits and 4 runs but zero home runs.
Game 3 is set for Friday, October 26, 2018 at 8:06 on Fox
Twins’ Miguel Sano Arrested in Dominican Republic
Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano was arrested in the Dominican Republic early Sunday morning following an incident that left one police officer with a broken leg.
According to a police report, Sano, 25, ran over an officer’s foot during an incident outside a nightclub in San Pedro de Macoris, per ESPN.
“The Minnesota Twins have been made aware of a situation involving Miguel Sano recently in the Dominican Republic,” team spokesman Dustin Morse said in a statement. “The facts of the incident are not completely available right now but the club is in the process of gathering as much information as possible.”
Sano has been making headlines recently for all the wrong reasons. Back in December, Sano was accused of sexual assault by a female photographer, but no charges were filed and MLB didn’t levy any punishment.
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