The Pittsburgh Pirates will have three representatives in the NL All-Star game this year, as Andrew McCutchen, Josh Harrison, and Tony Watson have all been named to the team.
McCutchen was named to the team for the fourth year in a row. He led all NL outfielders with 4,519,440 votes. He's also the first Pirates player to start an All-Star game since Jason Bay in 2006. McCutchen currently has a .322/.423/.542 line in 383 plate appearances this year. Heading into today's game, he had a 1.128 OPS in 139 plate appearances since the start of June.
Harrison and Watson were named to the team by Mike Matheny. He's been a huge spark for the Pirates this year, hitting for a .299/.336/.448 line, and playing second base, third base, shortstop, and both corner outfield spots. Watson has been fantastic in relief. His 0.89 ERA in 40.2 innings this year ranks third among MLB relievers. His 2.54 xFIP ranks 14th in baseball among relievers....
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