Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen added another honor on Thursday, perhaps strengthening a case at a second possible MVP award.
McCutchen was named the National League’s Player of the Month for August, after batting .348/.470/.609 with five home runs, 19 RBI and 18 runs scored. The Pirates were 19-8 in an August, riding the backs of another torrid summer by McCutchen.
After a month of April that saw McCutchen hit just .194, Cutch has certainly turned things up, hitting .330 in May, .337 in June and his best month of .348 in August.
McCutchen capped the month of August by hitting safely in eight straight contests, posting multi-hit games in six of those.
He ranked third among qualifying leaders in both average and slugging percentage during the month, while posting the NL’s second-best on-base percentage.
McCutchen’s 85 RBI currently ranks third in the NL, while his .404 on-base percentage ranks fourth.
The Player of the Month award marks the fourth time McCutchen has won the honor, most recently in June 2014.
McCutchen beat out the likes of Joey Votto, A.J. Pollock, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Yoenis Cespedes and Ryan Zimmerman, according to a news release.
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