McCutchen eyes big season with Giants


 

Andrew McCutchen
Andrew McCutchen

Andrew McCutchen has accomplished a lot thus far in his baseball career. But like any player, he would like to have a World Series ring. He’s got a good chance of getting one with the San Francisco Giants, who close out a four-game, season-opening series with their NL West rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, April 1 on ESPN.

McCutchen is a big part of some re-tooling efforts the Giants have made in the off-season, following an injury-plagued disappointing 2017 season in which they finished last in the division and suffered their first losing season since 2013. The Giants also added veteran infielder Evan Longoria at third base to go with an already formidable pitching staff, especially the rotation.

McCutchen enjoyed a few winning seasons and playoff appearances during his time with the Pittsburgh Pirates and entered the 2018 season with a .291 career batting average, 203 home runs and 725 RBI. He’s also swiped 171 bases, often batting in the heart of the lineup. Along with a Gold Medal with Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, McCutchen has five All-Star Game appearances, four Silver Slugger awards (2012-15) and won a Gold Glove in 2012. He followed that up in the 2013 season by winning the National League MVP Award; a year in which he led the Pirates to the playoffs where he batted .300.

The Giants, who have won three championships since 2010, are all business this season. The off-season acquistion of a player the caliber of McCutchen proves it.


Andrew Stefan McCutchen

Born: Oct. 10, 1986

Birthplace: Fort Meade, Florida

Height/Weight: 5 foot 10 inches / 195 pounds

Position: Outfielder

Teams: San Francisco Giants, 2018; Pittsburgh Pirates 2009-17

No.: 22

Honors and Achievements: NL MVP, 2013; All-Star, 2011-15; Roberto Clemente Award, 2015; World Baseball Classic Gold Medalist, 2017 (Team USA)

Dan Ladd

Dan Ladd

Dan Ladd is a freelance sports writer who works out of Gracenote’s Queensbury, NY office.

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