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Rivals Report – Bucs Continue to Slide

Brett Barnett

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The Pittsburgh Pirates continue to fall farther behind the division leading Brewers in the most frustrating ways possible. Meanwhile, the Cardinals and Cubs battle it out for second, and the Reds still trail the pack by a lot.

While the Cubs and Cardinals look to be finding their footing after somewhat sluggish starts to the season, the Brewers have perhaps been the surprise of the Central. There were expectations that the Brewers might be able to compete, but now on the first day of June, they find themselves with a 4.0 game lead in the division, playing solid baseball of late, going 8-2 in the last 10.

Milwaukee Brewers (36-21)

The Brewers are 15 games over .500 and, unsurprisingly, their sudden surge in the wins column has been in part due to the hot bat of Christian Yelich. Over the last two weeks, Yelich is batting .327 with three home runs, eight RBIs, and a wRC+ of 164. It was well-known that he was one of the big factors coming into this season for Milwaukee after sending the likes of Lewis Brinson to Miami. Yelich has seemingly made the move payoff for now.

Chicago Cubs (30-23)

The Cubs are coming off a series in Pittsburgh where they bested the Bucs in two of the three meetings. They’ve since started a series in New York against the Mets, where they were able to secure a victory in the first of those four meetings. Anthony Rizzo seems to be getting back to his old self, and spearheading this Cubs attack. It’s clear it’s been a team approach for Chicago, but over the last two weeks, Rizzo carries a batting average of .318. He’s also clubbed a pair of home runs en route to driving in 12 runs. The lefty first baseman has also managed to walk more times (11) than he’s struck out (4).

St. Louis Cardinals (30-24)

The Cardinals are coming off a major victory against the Pirates, in which they plated five runs on Felipe Vazquez without him recording an out, resulting in a 10-8 RedBirds’ win. Lately, the player to figure it out the most has been Matt Carpenter. Carpenter started dreadfully slow, struggling to get on base or hit with any authority. Since May 19, though, the lefty is hitting .375 with three home runs and six driven in, resulting in a 224 wRC+.

Pittsburgh Pirates (29-27)

The Pirates still continue to try to tread water. Overall as a team, they haven’t been as bad as their record lately has indicated – it’s primarily due to issues in the backend of the bullpen, resulting in three to four fewer wins than what should have. Over his 43 plate appearances thus far, Austin Meadows still commands a .400 batting average. Of course that will continue to go down, but he’s made quite the name for himself in Pittsburgh through his first couple weeks of action. Already swatting four home runs, he’s been a catalyst for the Buccos lately where the likes of Gregory Polanco, among others, have faltered.

Cincinnati Reds (20-37)

The Reds are proceeding along about as well as expected. Second baseman Scooter Gennett continues to make his bid for deadline trade bait, hitting .409 over the last two weeks, with three home runs, and 13 driven in. The most consistent player in the Reds lineup, Gennett’s stock keeps rising, and there are a number of potential suitors for the power hitting lefty. While GABP is a launchpad, Gennett has actually been better (in terms of average) on the road the last couple weeks, hitting over .500 over six games. Time will tell, however, whether or not his power will translate elsewhere.

I am from Columbus, OH, and am a fan of Ohio State. I attended East Tennessee State University and majored in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a concentration in Marketing and Journalism. I run a Pirates website called Pirates Review. I am also a reporter at The Cardinal Nation, covering the Rookie affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, the Johnson City Cardinals. I also work on providing players analysis at The Collegiate Baseball Network. I am a lifelong Pirates fan, and make the six hour drive to Pittsburgh as often as I can.

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