For the month of August, we would like to recognize Andrew McCutchen as the From Forbes to Federal “Player of the Month.”
We gave him the same honor last month, when he hit .327/.402/.592. Cutch went even further in August, posting a triple-slash line of .384/.483/.535. He hit five doubles, two triples, two homers, and knocked in 15 runs.
His season stat line now looks like this: .317/.394/.502, 17 HR, 74 RBI, 149 wRC+, 6.4 WAR.
McCutchen’s 6.4 WAR ranks first among all National League position players. With one month left to play in the regular season, Cutch has a legitimate shot to win the NL MVP award.
Honorable mention: Jose Tabata has played a lot better recently; he hit .310 with an .851 OPS in August. Neil Walker also produced more at the plate, hitting .305 with 11 extra-base hits. On the pitching-side of things, Mark Melancon was solid as usual. Vin Mazzaro, an unsung hero out of the ‘pen, held opponents to one run over 15.1 innings. The southpaws in the Shark Tank were also impressive – Tony Watson (1.46 ERA) & Justin Wilson (1.69 ERA). You have to tip your cap to Charlie Morton, who went 3-1 with a 2.68 ERA in six outings. After a lousy start on August 1st, Morton allowed two runs or less in his next five starts.