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Like Trout in the AL, Andrew McCutchen has been the most important player to his team in the National League.
McCutchen has put the Pittsburgh Pirates offense on his back yet again, leading the squad in average (.358), hits (152), home runs (24), RBI (72) and on-base percentage (.419).
McCutchen's batting average is the highest in baseball, and he has the second-most hits (152) and runs (82), only to Melky Cabrera, an admitted cheater (via ESPN).
During his MVP campaign this season, McCutchen leads the NL in WAR and is second to Joey Votto in wOBA, per FanGraphs.
The 25-year-old center fielder has his Pirates in prime position to snag a wild-card spot down the stretch and clinch a postseason berth for Pittsburgh for the first time since 1992.
McCutchen is no slouch on defense either, as he has made just one error in 112 games this season and sports a zone rating of 10.364, according to ESPN.
Sports Illustrated writer Cliff Corcoran mirrors my opinion on MVP picks, as you can see in his latest article.
Despite leading the MLB in on-base percentage and OPS, Votto has dropped considerably on the contender list due to injury. There's really no other NL player who is having the type of impact and season that McCutchen is for the Bucs.