The Pirates take two out of three from the Giants after a rout on Sunday. They finish the first half eleven games over .500 and 1.5 games up on the Reds in the Central. Since losing three straight in late June they've won 10 of 12. Their hitting has turned around in a big way, and their line-up suddenly looks respectable. If they land Shane Victorino or Carlos Quentin, who they've been connected to, this team is going is get very interesting.
Andrew McCutchen homered twice today and is quietly having an MVP-caliber season. He has a 362 AVG (tops in MLB), 18 homers, 1.039 OPS (second in the majors). Also second in the league in wOBA. His WAR is a little lagging because of some poor defensive numbers, which I'm not entirely trusting of (for example, I saw McCutchen misplay a ball badly earlier this season, turning a possible out into a triple, but he was playing with the flu and ended up sitting the next game, so take that with whatever grain of salt you want). Also, Jeff Passan mentions in this
Yahoo article that two GM's said that their proprietary defensive metrics have McCutchen an "easily above-averge" CF.
James McDonald was perhaps the worst All-Star snub. He finished the first half at 9-3 with a 2.37 ERA, .97 WHIP, 8.18 K/9, 2.54 BB/9,
Edited by ngruz25, 08 July 2012 - 05:21 PM.