The Pittsburgh Pirates should pick up another post-season award today.
Andrew McCutchen should be named National League MVP.
McCutchen figures to face stiff competition from the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina.
Molina hit .319 with 12 home runs and 80 RBIs for St. Louis. He also was excellent behind the plate.
McCutchen, on the other hand, was equally brilliant in center. He hit .317 with 21 home runs and 84 RBIs. He also added speed, swiping 27 bases.
If you want to talk advanced metrics, Molina had an .836 OPS and his WAR (wins above replacement) was 5.7. McCutchen’s numbers were .911 and 8.2.
McCutchen was the one true hitter on the Pirates this season. While Pedro Alvarez added the power in spurts, McCutchen had the whole package.
Lost in the debate was Paul Goldschmidt’s season with the Diamondbacks. He hit .302 with 36 homers and 125 RBIs. The fact that Arizona went 81-81 will hurt him.
– Rick Green