Andrew McCutchen had learned a lot from his second half struggles last year with the Pirates. After hitting .291 heading into the All-Star break, the club fell out of first place and McCutchen tried to do too much at the plate. He hit just .216 in the second half of the season.

The All-Star center fielder has put up numbers that have put him in MVP discussion. He's hit for a .360/.413/.610 line and is tied on the team with 16 long balls.

"He’s hit the ball from right field to left field," Hurdle said. "He’s hit for power from right field to left field. He opened up his stance. I think he paid a lot of attention to the way he hit in the first half, then paid a lot of attention to the way he hit in the second half."

"He has a game changing skill set and I think for the most part for...

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