ST. LOUIS — For the second year in a row, closer Joel Hanrahan and outfielder Andrew McCutchen will represent the Pirates at the All-Star Game. Hanrahan and McCutchen were selected by the players’ ballot for the July 10 game in Kansas City. Last year, McCutchen made the National League roster as a injury replacement player. “It’s a great feeling,” Hanrahan said. “Two years in a row is pretty exciting.”
Hanrahan has 20 saves and a 2.10 ERA and has not allowed a run in his past eight outings. He is one of three relievers in Pirates history to reach 20 saves before the All-Star break. Hanrahan has amassed 60 saves since the start of the 2011 season. The only closers with more saves in that period are Craig Kimbrel (69) and Jose Valverde (63).
McCutchen is the only player in the majors with at least 15 homers, 50 RBI and 14 stolen bases this season. McCutchen has hit all 15 of his home runs since May 8. That ties him for third-most in the majors in that span, behind Jose Bautista (21 homers) and Robinson Cano (17). McCutchen’s .699 slugging percentage since May 8 is third-best in the majors.
A sprained left wrist, sustained Saturday while making a diving catch, kept McCutchen out of the lineup Sunday. It snapped his string of 49 straight starts, going back to May 7.
Game 78: Pirates @ Cardinals 2:15 p.m. ET
Pirates (42-35): 1. Alex Presley cf, 2. Jose Tabata rf, 3. Garrett Jones rf, 4. Neil Walker 2b, 5. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 6. Drew Sutton lf, 7. Clint Barmes ss, 8. Michael McKenry c, 9. Erik Bedard lhp (4-8, 4.27)
Cardinals (40-38): 1.Rafael Furcal ss, 2. Matt Carpenter 1b 3. Matt Holliday lf, 4. Allen Craig rf, 5. David Freese 3b, 6. Yadier Molina c, 7. Shane Robinson cf, 8. Tyler Greene 2b, 9. Jake Westbrook rhp (6-6, 3.77)