A strong 2023 season for Andrew McCutchen was cut short due to an Acchilles injury. The question now becomes, should he return to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2024?
Andrew McCutchen is a legendary player for the Pittsburgh Pirates. After returning to the team for the 2023 season, he has shown interest in returning to the Pirates again in 2024. Will this happen? Should it happen?
While his main problem currently is that he is hurt with a partial Achilles tear, you also need to account for the fact that he can't field anymore, and just playing DH could limit his playing time. He has been consistent the past three seasons, pretty much staying healthy and playing between 112 and 144 games in the last three seasons, including this year.
Let's compare Andrew McCutchen's stats when it matters most in games. This is how he played with a certain number of outs.
Along with this, when runners are on base, McCutchen was one of the best players for the Pirates this season. In 87 at-bats, he had 5 home runs, 35 RBIs, along with 24 walks, and 19 strikeouts, along with a batting average of .276.
His on-base percentage was .422 along with a 143 sOPS+, which is compared to players in the same position in the league. When it matters most for the Pirates, McCutchen has always been there to help the team out, and hopefully, this continues. In four seasons from 2012 to 2015, every year he finished Top 5 in MVP voting, along with winning MVP in 2013.
While he probably won't win MVP again or make the Hall of Fame, he's guaranteed a spot in the Pirates' Hall of Fame and in the hearts of fans across Pittsburgh. Sadly he finished this season with 299 home runs and hopefully will be back to hit 300 next season and said this recently.