Players of the Day for Sunday, February 27, 2010
Brad Penny worked two strong innings, allowing one hit, no walks, fanning one batter and his Tiger teammates continued their domination over the Blue Jays, posting their second straight shutout, a 1-0 win, as the Tigers scratched out a run in the 6th.
Penny was 3-4 with the Cardinals last season after bouncing from Boston to the Giants in 2009. If he regains some of his prior form, he could add valuable innings to a Detroit staff that is already pretty good.
Through two games, no Blue Jay has touched home plate and Tiger pitching has limited the punchless bunch to 8 hits total.
Possibly the best player in Pittsburgh's camp, Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-3 with a solo homer, single and double, driving in two runs and scoring three times as the Pirates blasted the Rays, 10-3.
The third-year pro blossomed in 2010, batting .286 (same as 2009) with 16 homers, 56 RBI, 94 runs and 33 stolen bases. McCutchen has all the tools, but, as has been the cae in Pittsburgh for pretty much the past 20 years, he doesn't have much quality around him. The Pirates sem content to develop talent and then ship it off to contending teams, rather than keeping it at home. That's led to seasons of sorrow for many once-loyal fans.
Maybe this will be the year the Pirates' management gets serious about actually building a contending team, though betting on that probability has been a losing proposition for many years.