Why three? Because that’s about the time the Pirates started to make a little hay within the division. And before you start quoting their records from 2011 and 2012, consider how the situation was at the All-Star break for those two seasons. At some point in time during those two years, Pittsburgh did sit atop the NL Central. This year, the Buccos finished above the Reds in the standings.
Now you have your explanation for why I used the last three years.
Even though Cueto has held success over the Pirates for his entire career, he’s been, well, Cueto-like over the last three years when facing them as well. Here’s some numbers from the past three seasons.
All stats from Baseball Reference
Recall yesterday where I had the table for how Pirates players currently on their roster have performed when they face Cueto. Overall, those players have posted a triple slash of .220/.299/.359 with 5 HR and 17 RBI.
Seems like many of the national types have written the Reds off for this game. I know ESPN’s Pedro Gomez still has confidence in that the Reds will go all the way.