Andrew McCutchen
CF PIT
3 days ago

McCutchen (ankle) is in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Brewers.

EDGE Analysis

An awkward turn around third base Friday provided a bit of a scare, as McCutchen was favoring his left ankle immediately afterward, but he stayed in the game and will not be forced to miss a start. McCutchen is putting together his best month of the season, slashing .300/.424/.486.

Andrew McCutchen
CF PIT
3 days ago

McCutchen, who went 1-for-4 with a walk Friday, appeared to injure his left ankle while rounding third base but remained in the game.

EDGE Analysis

The outfielder tested his ankle following the end of the inning and everything checked out, but it may be something to keep an eye on. Remarkably, McCutchen's .250 batting average is the highest it's been since June 9 -- he's slashed .300/.424/.486 in 86 August plate appearances.

Andrew McCutchen
CF PIT
4 days ago

McCutchen went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and two RBI singles -- including the game-winning hit in the 10th inning -- against the Brewers on Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

He provided all the offense for the Pirates, including opening the scoring with his first-inning homer -- No. 18 on the year. Although this has been a highly disappointing season for McCutchen on the whole, we've seen a resurgence out of him recently -- over the last 13 games, he's hitting .333 with three homers, 11 RBI and a couple steals. It wouldn't exactly be shocking to see the long-time star streak to the finish line.

Andrew McCutchen
CF PIT
6 days ago

McCutchen is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against Houston.

EDGE Analysis

The struggling outfielder doubled in a run in Tuesday's win over the Astros, but he'll take a seat Wednesday, marking his first absence from the lineup since August 4. Starling Marte will get the nod in center field, and he'll bat in McCutchen's usual No. 3 spot in the order.

Andrew McCutchen
CF PIT
6 days ago2 Comments

McCutchen went 1-for-3 with an RBI double, a walk and a run in Tuesday's 7-1 win over the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

McCutchen played a key role in Pittsburgh's four-run first inning, doubling in Matt Joyce before coming around to score on Gregory Polanco's single. His .244/.325/.409 line has been disappointing, but the 2013 NL MVP is still batting in the valuable third spot in the Pirates order.

Andrew McCutchen
CF PIT
1 week ago

McCutchen, who went 0-for-4 against the Astros on Monday, has just two hits in his last 16 at-bats.

EDGE Analysis

It looked like his struggles where past him after a successful West Coast road trip, but he's cooled off since returning to PNC Park. Despite working a three-balls-and-one-strike count Monday, he rolled over an outside pitch, resulting in a weak grounder to the left side of the infield -- indicative of both his lack of plate discipline and an unwillingness to go opposite field.

Andrew McCutchen
CF PIT
2 weeks ago

Although McCutchen sports a .472 on-base percentage and 12:8 BB:K since the Pirates benched him in the beginning of August, he doesn't believe the time off helped him. "I will forever tell you that (those) three days had nothing to do with what I'm doing," McCutchen told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I would've done this regardless. I might have five more hits in three games. Instead of hitting .240, I could be hitting .260."

EDGE Analysis

He's slashing .317/.472/.512 in 53 August plate appearances, stealing three bases in four attempts. McCutchen has seen false glimmers of hope before in 2016, but the improvement in plate discipline is most encouraging -- prior to his August turnaround he held just a 35:107 BB:K. Look for a strong finish from the five-time All-Star.

Andrew McCutchen
CF PIT
2 weeks ago

McCutchen went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run as part of a six-run sixth inning that helped the Pirates to a 6-5 win over the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

McCutchen is still hitting just .248 on the year, and is on pace for his worst statistical season since 2011, but has shown signs of life of late, hitting .346/.469/.654 in his last seven games. One potential reason why: despite his 17 home runs putting him roughly on pace for his average over the past five years, he's putting the ball on the ground more often, his 0.76 groundout to flyout ratio being the most extreme of his career.

Andrew McCutchen
CF PIT
2 weeks ago

McCutchen went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, two RBI and his 5th stolen base of the season Friday against the Dodgers.

EDGE Analysis

He also made a highlight reel catch in center field. Since the Bucs benched McCutchen in early August, he's hit .273/.448/.409. He's also drawn seven unintentional walks in seven games. Prior to then he collected seven walks in 33 starts, an indication that his plate discipline is improving. McCutchen is 4-for-10 with a double against Saturday starter Brandon McCarthy.

Andrew McCutchen
CF PIT
3 weeks ago

McCutchen went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks and his fourth stolen base Friday.

EDGE Analysis

Following a three-game benching to unplug, the center fielder attempted two stolen bases with head-first slides -- an indication of his freshness (he returned to first base following a foul ball on the other attempt). McCutchen is still trying to find his way at the plate, however. He struck out looking with a runner on third base and one out in the eighth inning of a one-run game.