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Sunday's scouting report: Pirates at Cubs

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Saturday, June 21, 2014, 5:54 p.m.
 

X-factors

Pirates beat reporter Rob Biertempfel's inside look at Sunday's game:

• Cubs 3B Mike Olt has collected 10 home runs despite a .149 batting avarage. According to STATS LLC, that puts Olt on pace for the lowest-ever season batting average by a player with double-digit homers. The record-holder is White Sox DH Adam Dunn, who hit .159 with 11 homers in 2011. Of Olt's 23 hits this season, 10 have gone over the outfield wall.

• Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen went into this series with a .978 OPS, which is 67 points higher than last year (.911) when he was named MVP. In NL history, only three reigning MVPs who had at least 250 plate appearances had such a significant increase in the OPS over their award-winning season: Barry Bonds (up 144 points in 2004), Barry Larkin (up 91 points in 1996) and Mike Schmidt (up 76 points in 1981). Bonds and Schmidt repeated as MVP winners in the ensuing season.

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