Andrew McCutchen Is Finally Brewing Something New For Milwaukee’s Crew

Andrew McCutchen Is Finally Brewing Something New For Milwaukee’s Crew

Andrew McCutchen, one of the few additions during the offseason for the Milwaukee Brewers, is starting to heat up and brew something for his new crew.

The 2013 NL MVP was the last offseason move Milwaukee made, as it was believed he was brought in to play some outfield, as well as to partially be the team’s designated hitter, as he has been known throughout his career much more for his ability to swing the bat. In the 63 games he has played so far, about two-thirds of those games have been as the DH, while the final third have been split between left and right field.

McCutchen has definitely improved his batting average this season, compared to his final season in Philadelphia where he finished up with a .222 batting average. This season, he is up to .244. However, while his average is up, almost all his other numbers are down. He’s only hit seven home runs so far, compared to the 27 he hit last year. He has an on-base percentage of .312, and a slugging percentage of .368, both the lowest of his career.

His last 15 games for the Brewers, however, have been a very solid stretch for the 35-year-old, hitting an average of .321, with three of his seven home runs coming during that span. He has also knocked in eight RBI, and has an on-base percentage of .438, and a slugging percentage of .566. What is really impressive is how he has been walked nine times, but only struck out four – showing the experience that he brings to the plate.

While the five-time All Star doesn’t have much postseason success, he certainly brings other assets to the table besides his abilities on the diamond. As a 14-year veteran, he brings excellent knowledge, experience and leadership to help the team throughout a long and grueling 162 game season. Furthermore, he brings a fun swagger to the table. You may recall his viral photo of him in a Phillies throwback uniform, along with his home-plate celebration he has after hitting a home run. That swagger he has always had cannot be overlooked, as he can help make the long season more energetic and help give that team a spark.

 

 

McCutchen is certainly not the same player he once was while playing for their division rivals, the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he can still put up solid numbers, even at age 35. While he may not be as valuable as players like Devin Williams, Christian Yelich, or Corbin Burnes, he can still bring value by being a quality starter for the contender the Brew Crew hope to be.

Andrew McCutchen Brings Veteran Leadership To Brew Crew| Missing MLBbro Piece To A Milwaukee World Series?

Andrew McCutchen Brings Veteran Leadership To Brew Crew| Missing MLBbro Piece To A Milwaukee World Series?

It’s safe to say Andrew McCutchen is a seasoned veteran, now in his 14th MLB season. He also has a new home in Wisconsin, after signing a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. Don’t let the age fool you, this 35-year-old can still ball and he’s already showing Brewers fans the team made a good decision in signing him.

In his debut with the Brewers, McCutchen went 2-for-5 and scored a run. The next game he finished 1-for-3 at the plate.

The Brewers will work McCutchen in different areas of the lineup. In his first game he batted clean up and then hit leadoff the second game.

It didn’t take him long to get involved in a situation that involved both teams clearing its benches either.

 

In the second game of the series between the Brewers and the Chicago Cubs, Cubs pitcher Keegan Thompson hit McCutchen, and let’s just say McCutchen was not a happy camper after. Also, before McCutchen got hit, three Cubs hitters were hit earlier in the game. Well, when our brother got hit, both teams went out onto the field and had some words.

That’s all that happened but you got the chance to see that McCutchen isn’t about no games. This man is a team player and he’s always willing to leave it all out on the field. When he joined the Brewers, McCutchen knew something good was going to come out of it.

“I knew coming here I was going to be able to help out a lot,” he said in an interview with Bally Sports Wisconsin.

Even though the season just started it’s a good sign to see how McCutchen has been swinging.

 

No matter where he’s at in the lineup, he finds a way to get the job done at the plate. Throughout his entire career, our MLBbro has been known for his above average hitting and power at the plate. The five-time all-star made a name for himself during his time with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

During his time in Pittsburgh, he was named National League MVP, won a Gold Glove award, and multiple Silver Slugger awards.

Since his time with the Pirates, McCutchen bounced around a few teams before spending a few seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies embraced him with open arms and he was an important piece to the team’s lineup. Last year, in his final season with the Phillies, he finished tied for second on the team in home runs (27) and was second on the team with 80 RBI. Now he’s looking to help the Brewers make another playoff push.

Is he the same player he was when he won the MVP award? No he’s not, but he’s still a high-level player. This man knows how to keep his body in shape and keep himself conditioned to where he can continue to play at the highest level. McCutchen has at least three more seasons in him, maybe more.

This is one player you want to keep an eye on this season – don’t be surprised if he makes some noise with the Brewers.

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Andrew McCutchen hit a key two-run bomb to help lift the Phillies over the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 on Wednesday night. The win keeps the Phillies’ slim Wild Card hopes alive as they sit 4.5 games out with 10 games left in the regular season.

Ke’Bryan Hayes Is The Future Of The Pittsburgh Pirates Franchise

Ke’Bryan Hayes Is The Future Of The Pittsburgh Pirates Franchise

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Ke’Bryan Hayes is in his first full season. After putting up impressive numbers during the 2020 season, Hayes was determined to come back in 2021 ready to make an impact.

During the 2020 season he appeared in 24 games and hit .376 with five home runs and 11 RBI. His bat was lit and the energy he infused into the Pirates faithful was reminiscent of when Andrew McCutchen helped take Pittsburgh from the losingest franchise in North American sports to World Series contenders. 

Hayes, the son of former MLB player and World Series champion Charlie Hayes, put the baseball world on notice and his glove garnered praise similar to that given to such webmasters as Manny Machado, Brooks Robinson and Mike Schmidt.

Those are some numbers that will catch people’s attention and it certainly caught the Pirates’ attention. In fact, Hayes is the only reason most people outside of the state of Pennsylvania even watch Pirates games. 

 

Don’t Even Watch Pirates Games For The Next 10 Days…Ke’Bryan Hayes Is Hurt

 

This season, our MLBbro has seen a lot more action and he has put together solid numbers. The Texas native dealt with injuries at the beginning of the season and now he’s trying to finish on a strong note. He’s batting .248 with five home runs and 27 RBI through 69 games.

 

 

Hayes recently went on a six-game hitting streak this month. During that span he recorded eight hits and had a .363 batting average. Such offensive explosiveness is the reason why the Pirates selected him in the first round of the 2015 MLB draft. They saw the potential in him six years ago and now it’s all starting to show.

When you look at the future of the Pirates, you have to envision Hayes as a leader of the pack because he has the physical tools and natural leadership qualities. And he’s just scratching the surface of his peak as a player. 

Now he has struggled a little bit this season due to a wrist injury and some other issues, but he’s also shown strong signs of being a franchise player. The Pirates are looking to find their identity and having a young, exciting player like Hayes on the team certainly helps.

 

 

When the team traded it’s top infielder Adam Frazier, Hayes was not a happy camper because Hayes always received some positive words from his former teammate.

“He came to where I was sitting at on the plane and talked, and he just told me to keep working hard, keep going, keep your head level and keep fighting every day, because I’ve been struggling a little bit,” Hayes told the Post-Gazette. “He was talking to me about that, he was telling me just be aggressive at the plate and have positive thoughts and keep working.”

“Losing Frazier kind of sucks,” Hayes added. “Him and [center fielder Bryan Reynolds], they’ve been our best hitters this year. You’ve just got to look at the bigger picture with what they’re trying to do in the next few years, once we’ve gotten the guys down in the lower levels up and as guys like me — this is my first full year — being able to get some experience. That way whenever I’m in a position like Fraz to help kind of lead the team for the younger guys that are coming in, like how I came in last year.”

Hayes is 24-years-old and he already believes that the Pirates will be in a good position down the line. 

“I feel like we’re going to get there, because we have a ton of talent, the trades that we’ve had already, bringing in some pretty good young prospects,” he said. “So I think it’s just taking it day by day and just building that chemistry with everyone to get to that end goal.”

When McCutchen first came to Pittsburgh, the francise was a bottom feeder. Instead of leaving, he stayed the course, signed a six-year, $51 million extension, won an MVP and before the franchise dumped him at age 30 (following a 28-homer season), he led them back to the playoffs for the first time since Barry Bonds roamed the outfield.

 

“It used to be that people didn’t want to get traded to the Pirates and people didn’t want to come here unless they were trying to redeem their careers,” McCutchen told S.I.com back in 2013. “Now we’ve got guys who come here and want to be here. They see what we have and they want to be a part of it.”

Hayes has the same optimism oozing from his persona. Hayes is becoming the face of the Pirates and the key the franchise;s future.