Andrew McCutchen produced a fine performance in his final weekend before the All-Star Game. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
For all of Pedro Alvarez’s 500-foot home runs, Jason Grilli’s thrilling 1-2-3 saves, A.J. Burnett’s shutdown starts, Starling Marte’s stand-up doubles and rocket throws…
Let no one forget that Andrew McCutchen is the Pirates’ star. The celebrated center fielder collected the game-tying home run and go-ahead RBI in Pittsburgh’s 4-2 win over the New York Mets. In front of a packed PNC Park, the FOX cameras and a New York audience, McCutchen sparked the offense to victory in a prelude to his NYC All-Star Game, the outfielder’s third straight.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle agrees that McCutchen is a fine team cornerstone because of:
“The person” (The next bad thing we hear about McCutchen will be the first)
“The player” (A center fielder owning a career AVG/OBP/SLG line of .292/.374/.481)
“His age” (At 26, McCutchen may not be in his prime years yet)
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