With all of the negative talk surrounding the Pittsburgh Pirates dreadful offense, it’s time to give some credit to Andrew McCutchen. Andrew McCutchen is offically red hot. Here is the proof:
McCutchen is getting pitched to very carefully by pitchers. It’s obvious they’re aware of what the All-Star is capable of doing to their ERA. But to say that he is putting up these monster numbers with very little support around him in the Pirates batting order is quite an understatement.
It’s true, Cutch hit his stride when Pedro was moved to the four hole, but Alvarez also hasn’t been the same since moving to the cleanup spot. He has had some flashes, but for the greater part of May, Alvarez has struggled with only one bomb for his efforts.
Meanwhile in the past 30 days:
McCutchen is third in all of baseball with a .721 slugging. Only Josh Hamilton and
G. Stanton are better.
Cutch is fifth in batting average as he is getting knocks at a .372 clip, trailing only Cabrera, Ruiz, Konerko, and Lucroy.
The founder of #BUCN is also fourth in on base plus slugging in all of baseball with an off-the-charts 1.151 OPS. Cutch trails by mere percentage points with Hamilton leading the way with 1.174, Braun with a 1.166 and Votto with an 1.152.
It’s hard to imagine the Bucs offense without the slugging center fielder who has eight homers this month.