Power drought not worrying Bucs' McGehee

Power drought not worrying Bucs' McGehee

PITTSBURGH -- Casey McGehee certainly doesn't merit the kind of home run watch to which Albert Pujols was subjected earlier this season, but the Pittsburgh corner infielder's power drought has nonetheless reached personal heights.

McGehee is the lone Pirates regular who remains without a home run, 95 at-bats into his season entering Tuesday's game against the Mets. In fact, McGehee has gone 112 at-bats since he last homered on Sept. 19, against the Cubs at Wrigley Field while with the Brewers.

Although he doesn't consider himself a homer hitter, McGehee did clock one every 24.7 at-bats in 2009-10 with Milwaukee.

"I think I'm more of a doubles hitter, line-drive hitter," said McGehee, left out of the lineup Tuesday against Mets right-hander R.A. Dickey. "I just want to reach the point where I'm squaring-up the ball hard. I've felt better the last three, four days. It feels like it's coming."

McGehee has been lacking far more than just the home run. He is batting .189, with only five RBIs in 36 games. His experience has shown in his ability to draw 12 walks; only Andrew McCutchen's 13 are more among the Bucs.

"Casey is in with a handful of guys maybe caught up in chasing numbers, trying to do too much," manager Clint Hurdle said. "He needs to just settle down, see it good, put a good swing on it. Keep it simple: Hit the fastball up the middle."