Pirates' Andrew McCutchen: 'I'm sick and tired of going 0-for-freaking-4'

Baseball It's obvious that Andrew Mc

Cutchen isn't himself.Entering Wednesday's 3-0 shutout loss to the Reds, the Pirates star center fielder was batting just .185 with a .574 OPS. Since going 2-for-4 on opening day, McCutchen has had just three multi-hit games. “I’m here for a reason,” the 2013 NL MVP said Tuesday, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I’m getting paid what I’m getting paid because of the way that I should be playing ball, but right now … I’m not doing what I should be doing for the money that I’m making right now.”McCutchen has battled soreness in his left knee since the offseason but denied it was the reason for his struggles at the plate. “Andrew is insistent that he is not hurt and that his knee is not impacting his performance,” team president Frank Coonelly said Wednesday, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.McCutchen missed nearly two weeks of Grapefruit League games after his knee flared up during a spring training game. Further evaluation by team doctors revealed inflammation but no structural damage.“I can’t sit here and say my knee is the reason or something like that,” McCutchen said. “I don’t believe so. I just believe that I’m just a little off, and that’s all that it is. Just getting myself back there because I’m sick and tired of going 0-for-freaking-4.”The four-time All-Star has started slowly before, but nothing like this. With only a 9 percent line-drive rate and one stolen-base attempt, McCutchen's troubles go beyond bad luck. His inability to snap his slump raises the question of whether he's underplaying his persistent knee injury. While he has yet to admit to that, he has made it clear that rest isn't the solution and would further disrupt his rhythm.“I don’t like days off,” McCutchen said. “I don’t like the day off we had [Monday] because I’m getting myself in a good position, then have a day off.”“The matter center fielder fact is, I’m not performing and I need to get out there and get myself doing the things that I know I can do. I’m ready to get myself back because it ain’t fun making right turns, especially when you’re used to making left ones.”Let's just hope it's not the curse of the dreadlocks, which McCutchen chopped off for charity in March.

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