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 Post subject: Respecting Andrew McCutchen
PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 5:00 pm 
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Hey, I didn't write the title of the article. From Dave Cameron at Fangraphs:

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/respecti ... mccutchen/

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McCutchen is basically a player with no flaws. There are no holes to poke in his resume. If you really like players on winning teams, well, the Pirates are headed to the postseason for the first time in 20 years. If you put a lot of emphasis on late season performance under the theory that those games somehow mean more, well, McCutchen is hitting .371/.457/.608 since the All-Star Break. No matter what narrative you think an MVP somehow needs to live up to, McCutchen fits the bill. You cannot construct a reasonable test for MVP that Andrew McCutchen does not pass. I’m not even sure you could make an unreasonable one.

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 Post subject: Re: Respecting Andrew McCutchen
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If he played D like this last year he probably would have been close to a 10-WAR player.

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 Post subject: Re: Respecting Andrew McCutchen
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Chuck Norris wishes he were Andrew McCutchen.


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 Post subject: Re: Respecting Andrew McCutchen
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SUPERCHARGED APE wrote:
If he played D like this last year he probably would have been close to a 10-WAR player.


It's too bad he couldn't replicate last year's power. 30/30 would have been a cherry on top of an award sundae.

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 Post subject: Re: Respecting Andrew McCutchen
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NSMaster56 wrote:
SUPERCHARGED APE wrote:
If he played D like this last year he probably would have been close to a 10-WAR player.


It's too bad he couldn't replicate last year's power. 30/30 would have been a cherry on top of an award sundae.


Cutch is actually getting extra base hits at an increased rate (he set a career high in doubles last night with 36); he's just not hitting as many home runs. He'll still likely finish with a 20/30 season on top of the great average, great OBP, and great defense.


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 Post subject: Re: Respecting Andrew McCutchen
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:00 am 
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J_C_Steel wrote:
NSMaster56 wrote:
SUPERCHARGED APE wrote:
If he played D like this last year he probably would have been close to a 10-WAR player.


It's too bad he couldn't replicate last year's power. 30/30 would have been a cherry on top of an award sundae.


Cutch is actually getting extra base hits at an increased rate (he set a career high in doubles last night with 36); he's just not hitting as many home runs. He'll still likely finish with a 20/30 season on top of the great average, great OBP, and great defense.

We can all live with that, obviously. Nice that he followed up last year's breakout year so convincingly.


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 Post subject: Re: Respecting Andrew McCutchen
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:36 am 
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I think last year was an outlier in terms of home runs. He's not that big of a dude, and he's not up there swinging for the fences, nor should he be.

I'm perfectly satisfied with a 20 homer season from him, if he's playing like he is now.


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 Post subject: Re: Respecting Andrew McCutchen
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:17 pm 
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Ralphie wrote:
I think last year was an outlier in terms of home runs. He's not that big of a dude, and he's not up there swinging for the fences, nor should he be.

I'm perfectly satisfied with a 20 homer season from him, if he's playing like he is now.


The rest of his game at the plate drops when he starts swinging for the fences...Look at 2 years ago when he struggled the 2nd half when he first hit 20 homeruns.

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 Post subject: Re: Respecting Andrew McCutchen
PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:46 pm 
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J_C_Steel wrote:
NSMaster56 wrote:
SUPERCHARGED APE wrote:
If he played D like this last year he probably would have been close to a 10-WAR player.


It's too bad he couldn't replicate last year's power. 30/30 would have been a cherry on top of an award sundae.


Cutch is actually getting extra base hits at an increased rate (he set a career high in doubles last night with 36); he's just not hitting as many home runs. He'll still likely finish with a 20/30 season on top of the great average, great OBP, and great defense.


I blame the HR derby.

But seriously, you're absolutely right. He's been fantastic and the 'decline in power' is an extremely minor nit to pick.

I just have a fetish for certain stat lines; 30/30 (and of course 40/40) being one of them. It's a rare thing to accomplish and would serve as quite the 'feather in the cap' for Cutch's 2013 campaign.

Alas, he'll have to settle for MVP, SS, GG... :D

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 Post subject: Re: Respecting Andrew McCutchen
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Cutch now sports a .406 OBP. In September, it's .510. Post All-Star break, it's .450. He lives on base.


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 Post subject: Re: Respecting Andrew McCutchen
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From David Schoenfield at ESPN, titled "McCutchen clear choice for NL MVP":

http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/ ... -as-nl-mvp

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 Post subject: Re: Respecting Andrew McCutchen
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Regarding Andrew and his HR total ...

Why do so many ignore the fact that he plays at PNC, which has to be the most difficult park in the majors for right-handed HR's?

If he played at Great American Clowncar, he has at least 25 HR's right now, and a legitimate chance for 30 yet again.


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 Post subject: Re: Respecting Andrew McCutchen
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Bucfan wrote:
Regarding Andrew and his HR total ...

Why do so many ignore the fact that he plays at PNC, which has to be the most difficult park in the majors for right-handed HR's?

If he played at Great American Clowncar, he has at least 25 HR's right now, and a legitimate chance for 30 yet again.


Indeed. If he played at Wrigley, same deal. He's hit at least four balls that I can recall off the top of the wall at PNC this year. Those are home runs in just about any other ballpark.


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 Post subject: Re: Respecting Andrew McCutchen
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As of the morning of September 19, 2013, Andrew McCutchen has posted a WAR of 8.1, second in all of major league baseball. Only Mike Trout is better, at 9.1.

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