Andrew McCutchen brings home NL MVP
The 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.