Excellent stuff, Jack! I’m always fascinated about what experiences molded the stars we see. Struggle and slumps part of the game and the good ones find a way through it. It was great that you were able to bring that into this piece!
Great article….I have a dumb question….he had a very high BABIP in 2012, and if that regresses to league average, so would you say that’s an alternate theory to his breakout in 2012 compared to pitch selection, or does the better approach at the plate lead to a higher than average BABIP?
When Maybin ,Bruce and McCutchen were all drafted the same year ,I thought McCutchen was the least of the 3 . His smaller size didn’t seem to promise the power of the other two .Funny how things work out . Last year ,just after Pujols came back to life ,I traded him even up for McCutchen . How do you think I did ? By the way , that team ,in a 16 team dynasty league ,now has an outfield of Trout ,McCutchen ,and Harper .
Jack, really glad to see you at CBS. Their analysis is immediately improved! (Plus you and Jon Heyman can go out for beers after work on Fridays!)
Comment by Paul Wilson — March 29, 2013 @ 10:16 pm
McCutchen also changed his batting stance before last season. He opened it up more and moved his front foot farther away from home plate, toward third base. He said he did this to give himself more balance, leading to improved timing and the ability to drive more pitches.
Comment by gorillakilla34 — March 30, 2013 @ 1:24 am
It’ll be high but not .375 high. In 2011 it was .291. I think that the improvements described in the article have definitely shifted his baseline BABIP up: he seemed to be about a .315 guy but now could go forward with .325 or .330. But yeah there should be some regression, just not enough, with all his skills, to take him out of the MVP hunt.