Cross-Sport Power Rankings compares the best athletes across all professional sports.
No, you’re not seeing things. That’s a Pittsburgh Pirate atop the rankings. Sure, the team hasn’t had a winning season since 1992 — before four current MLB franchises even existed — but it’s above .500 now, and that is largely thanks to Andrew McCutchen.
The Pirates center fielder went into the All-Star break on a tear and somehow emerged even hotter. He’s hitting .563 in four games since the break, raising his NL-leading batting average to .372. McCutchen has also hit three homers since the break, putting him second in that category. He’s also just one RBI off the league lead, meaning there’s a serious triple crown contender in Pittsburgh.
McCutchen’s scorching run gave him the edge this week over All-Star Game MVP Melky Cabrera, who reminded Kansas City fans what they’re missing this season. They were two of the four baseball players to crack the top 10 this week. But what do you think? Let your voice be heard in the comments, and if you impress the panel, you could be chosen as a guest ranker for next week.
Here’s what they had to say about Cutch:
McCutchen made the Power Rankings for the third week in a row, with his bat finally propelling him to No. 1. He went 1-for-2 at the All-Star Game and kept his stellar season alive by going 9-for-16 with three home runs in the four games back from the break. If McCutchen finishes the second half like he played the first, he will be a front-runner for the NL MVP Award.
Here’s the complete list: Andrew McCutchen is Cross-Sport Power Rankings winner – ESPN.
The Pirates are #7 on ESPN’s Baseball Power Rankings:
After losing two of three to the Brewers, the Pirates HAVE to take advantage of this stretch: Their next 15 games (and 22 of 25) are against teams currently with losing records.