The Pittsburgh Pirates have been suffering a losing streak for years. This past 2012 season gave the Pirates their 20th consecutive losing season, ending the season 70-83, which still brought them extremely close to being in the playoffs. Although they missed the playoffs, they made it to the All-Star break with a record over .500 for the first time in years, which is pumping up the Pirates even more for this upcoming season with some new faces and big goals.
In the off-season the Pittsburgh Pirates picked up former Yankee catcher Russell Martin, center fielder Felix Pie, pitcher Fransisco Liriano and pitcher Jeanmar Gomez Rare. With new faces on the team and a hard spring training season it seems that the Pirates are more ready than ever to jump into the 2013 season.
In last year’s All Star game for the second year in a row, McCutchen and teammate Joel Hanrahan were on the NL team roster. During this time period is when McCutchen was hitting .346, to go along with 97 hits, including 15 home runs and 47 RBIs. For his efforts, McCutchen was named NL Player of the Month, his first selection. Throughout the year McCutchen also won his first NL Player of the Week award which led him to receiving NL player of the month for two consecutive months. This made McCutchen one of the first Pirates since 1988 to win two consecutive awards in a season.
With the Pirates ending their season last year so close to the play-offs, their entering this 2013 season with high hopes and big goals. According to coaches and players, the team worked really hard this past off season to make sure that they are ready for whatever comes at them in this upcoming 2013 season.