Andrew McCutchen wins NL MVP

11/14/13 in MLB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Entering 2013, the Pittsburgh Pirates had not had a winning season since 1992. They entered their most recent campaign with high hopes, as they had a number of strong players who could finally make them respectable in the win column. The best of those players was Andrew McCutchen, and he did not disappoint one bit. On Thursday evening, the Baseball Writers' Association of America named McCutchen the Most Valuable Player of the National League.

Oct 6, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) reacts after hitting a double against the St. Louis Cardinals in game three of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: H.Darr Beiser-USA TODAY SportsThe 27-year-old McCutchen was sensational in his fifth MLB season, posting an average of .317 (.404 on-base percentage, .508 slugging percentage) with 21 home runs, 84 RBI, and 27 stolen bases. Interestingly enough, many of his numbers were down significantly from last season, when he finished third in MVP voting, but this year McCutchen led his team to a 94-68 record, getting them into the playoffs for the first time in over 20 years.

McCutchen received 28-of-30 first-place votes, blowing away the other candidates by more than most people expected. Paul Goldschmidt was the runner-up, and though his numbers are more impressive than McCutchen's (led the NL in home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, and OPS), his Diamondbacks finished seventh in the NL, squarely out of the playoff hunt. Yadier Molina of the Cardinals received the two first-place votes that McCutchen did not get and finished in third.

Still in his physical prime, McCutchen is going to be putting up numbers for a while longer, and there could be more MVP trophies in his future.
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