Andrew McCutchen Named NL Player of the Month for July

For the second month in a row, Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen has been named the National League Player of the Month. During the month of July, McCutchen hit for a .446/.510/.739 line in 92 at-bats, with seven home runs. His average, runs scored, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage all ranked second during the month of July in the National League. He tied for fifth in homers and his 68 total bases were third in the majors.

McCutchen set a Pirates franchise record for the highest batting average in the month of July (50 at-bats minimum) since 1900. He finished the month going 3-for-5, which was his major league leading 16th game with three hits, and his 12th multi-hit game in July.

McCutchen becomes the first Pittsburgh Pirate to win two Player of the Month honors in the same season since Bobby Bonilla in 1988 (who also won in back to back months). The last NL player to accomplish this was Ryan Howard, in August and September 2006).

  • There are some who think Cutch is the best player in the NL, and I agree. How much better would he be if hitting in front of Votto or Braun ?????

  • This goes a long way to helping him win MVP. Lots of the writers who vote haven’t got a clue who is having the best year. They will see a guy winning this award 2 out of the 6 months in the season and will know that even though they may not know much, they won’t look too bad voting for a guy who accomplished this feat. (My not so humble opinion here, of course.)

  • What are the odds of Cutch winning three straight Player of the Month Awards?