The Sporting News (overrated).
For four-plus months, Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen has been putting up MVP numbers. He leads the National League in batting (.360), runs (85) and slugging (.605).
But with less than seven weeks left in the season, those numbers could be McCutchen’s biggest obstacle to actually winning an MVP.
Well, as McCutchen’s numbers have risen to superstar level, so has his reputation. A year ago, he probably was the one guy whom Pirates’ opponents would not let beat them. Nowadays, there’s no question. About the only strikes he sees are mistakes.
...The lack of a consistent four-hole force is why I believe McCutchen’s chances of winning the MVP rest almost as much on Garrett Jones as on the man himself, since Jones has claimed the role as Pittsburgh’s primary cleanup hitter. The more Jones hits, the less pitchers can dance around McCutchen.
...McCutchen is being hard on himself—after all, he’s hitting .353 with a .455 OBP since the break—but he could use a boost in the (overrated) RBI department to maintain his status as MVP front-runner. He has 72 to lead the Pirates but has fallen out of the NL top 10.
Posted: August 18, 2012 at 08:13 AM | 19 comment(s)
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