Pirates outfield of the future...?
I guess this could turn into the best outfield in baseball... or 2 years from now it could be a nearly-complete bust.
*praying to baseball gods*
The baseball gods have been gracious to us thus far, and given their gifts in abundance. During most of the last week and a half the 3 outfield players has been batting at the top of the order (Polanco, Marte, McCutchen). During that time (9 games):
- Marte is batting .381, has 6 runs, 6 RBIs, a HR and a couple stolen bases.
- Polanco is batting .378, has 9 runs, 6 RBIs, and a 13th inning game-winning HR.
- McCutchen is batting .368, has 5 runs, 11 RBIs, 3 HRs and a couple stolen bases.*
So far, so
great. Not that I expect that level of play to continue, but it's a nice start to give them some confidence and a glimpse of what is possible. Now we shall see what happens when the baseball gods remove their favor somewhat and let us experience trials!
*While Cutch had a merely above-average April and May, he has been on fire all of June (17 games), during which he has hit .391 (.466 OBP, .875 SLG, 1.341 OPS), with 7 HRs.