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Hurdle Doesn’t Believe McCutchen is Repeating 2011 Second-Half Slump

Hurdle Doesn’t Believe McCutchen is Repeating 2011 Second-Half Slump

Andrew McCutchen has had an impressive 2012 season. So much in fact that when Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle was asked about the All-Star center fielder, he said he was one of the most intelligent players he's ever worked with in the 35-plus seasons he's spent in professional baseball.

"I don’t think I’ve ever met a more intelligent, mentally tough, balanced young man in my life. In my life," Hurdle said before the game on Saturday.

After putting together four impressive months to start the season -- which included a ridiculous month of July where he hit for a .446/.510/.739/1.249 line -- McCutchen has slumped in the month of August. The 25-year-old has hit just .244 with two long balls and 12 RBI over his last 23 games. McCutchen connected for at least seven home runs in each of his t...

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