Major League Baseball named Andrew McCutchen the National League Player of the Month for June. It is the fifth time in his career he has been named the NL Player of the Month and the third time it has happened in June. He also won twice in 2012(June, July), once in June 2014 and again in August 2015. That 2015 award was the last one for a player from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
McCutchen hit .411/.505/.689 in 26 games last month. He had five doubles, one triple and six homers, with 22 runs scored, while driving in 23 runs. He came into the month with a .223/.301/.404 slash line in his first 54 games of the season and finished with a .283/.369/.495 line. His .866 OPS is 49 points higher than the second best on the team.. McCutchen reached base safely in 24 of 26 games last month....
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