Andrew McCuthen Has Lead The Pittsburgh Pirates To a Surprising Start

Diamond NotesCorrespondent IIIMay 7, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 29:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates swings at during the baseball game against  Los Angeles Dodgers on April 29, 2010 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Friday May 7, 2010

The Pittsburgh Pirates are off to a surprisingly good start. They are currently on pace to win 75 to 76 games, which they have not accomplished since the 2003 season (75-87).

Offensively the Pirates are lead by Andrew McCuthen, Garret Jones, and Andy LaRoche. McCuthen is off to terrific start leading the Pirates in hits (34), home-runs (4 - tied with Garret Jones), stolen bases (10) and slugging percentage (.473). He is second to Andy LaRoche (.320) in batting with a .309 average.

Pitching has not been a particularly strong aspect of the Pirates game. Zach Duke, the opening day starter) was off to a great start going 2-0 2.37 era in his first three starts, but has really struggled in his last three (0-3 10.80 era). The rotation is in need of a strong return from Ross Ohlendorf.

The only bright spot in the bullpen has been Evan Meek. He has appeared in 13 games going 1-0 0.53 era and a 0.94 whip. His only sub-par appearance was April 9th in Arizona when he gave up one earned run on two hits and a walk in one inning of work.

The Pirates are a team on the rise and look to no longer be the easy push overs of the National League Central.