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As I joked on Twitter last night when Jon Anderson mentioned that 'Cutch was 49-for-his-last-100, I was never even good enough at baseball video games to call this a video game line.
UPDATE: A few things I've dug up while tweeting about McCutchen this morning: he has more total bases in his last 24 games (91) than Clint Barmes does all season (76). And inspired by this post from Baseball Musings, if you trace McCutchen's hot streak back to when it was "pretty freaking hot" and not "supernova," he's hitting .403 between May 5th and today, which is 62 games and 266 plate appearances.
Which is to say that we're almost definitely witnessing one of the best stretches of offensive baseball in Pittsburgh Pirate history.
@bwzimmerman I mean ... it's a Pirate that's doing this. A PIRATE. And he's just 25. And he's all ours until 2018.
I mean.. this is all just ridiculous, but the one stat that absolutely blows me away is the very last one that line. How that number isn't over 20 is beyond me.
That OPS+ is causing me to shake my head in awe. I keep a mental list of my favorite things/players in baseball, so if someone asks me my opinion, I will be ready. No one ever does, but that doesn't mean I don't continually edit the thing. For a while, I had divisions in place for favorite player (Pirates only), favorite player (entire MLB), and best player in baseball. This year, these categories are in agreement. That's how great Andrew McCutchen is. He is simplifying my life.
Wow, I didn't realize he was leading the league in so many categories! In fact, if (and that's probably a big if) he can keep up his batting average, he's got a good shot at the best BA since Ichiro in '04 or maybe even Larry Walker in '99 (who hit .379). I doubt Cutch will hit .400 but it would be super cool if he does!
What Cutch is doing right now is just flat out silly; if he could somehow keep this up, he'd have season you could drop in the middle of Rogers Hornsby's career, and (except for the base stealing) it wouldn't look out of place at all.