Andrew McCutchen leads NL All Star voting for outfielders, per Pittsburgh’s Trib-Live Sports. So far, he has edged out Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez and Los Angeles’ Yasiel Puig for the lead with just another day left in MLB All-Star voting.
He’s had one of the hottest bats in baseball since June 1st and it appears that once again the Pirates center fielder should get a nice All Star weekend for his effort.
McCutchen has tallied 12 HRs and 48 RBIs with a .310 batting average so far this season while also playing center field for the surging Pittsburgh Pirates, who have won eight of their last ten. The team has gone 25-14 since May 21, when they began a four game winning streak. In that stretch, McCutchen has been one of the best hitters in baseball.
The return of the reigning NL MVP’s swinging form after a rough start to the season is no coincidence as the entire Pirates lineup has been greatly benefited by the arrival of prospect Gregory Polanco, whose batting average is .296 with an OPS of .763. Having an extra reliable bat in Pittsburgh’s lineup has freed up McCutchen to see more good pitches, which has allowed his batting to take off since early July, when Polanco arrived.
The MLB All-Star selection shows air Sunday on ESPN. Whether or not McCutchen is the top vote getter, fans can reasonably expect to see the Pirates center fielder present when the names for the NL are announced.