It seems like with each day that passes, Andrew McCutchen is referenced with reverence less and less. After putting together one of the best five year stretches in the Pirates storied history with five consecutive All-Star Game appearances, Cutch seems to have lost a step. A personal favorite of mine during his days in Pittsburgh, I wish him the best in Philly (given he’s not playing/affecting the Mets, of course).
Cutch’s encounters with deGrom are indicative of the path his career has taken since his all-star years. An All-Star in 2014, Cutch went 3 for 5 with a walk against the stud pitcher mentioned above. Since then, Cutch has gathered one hit in twelve chances with six strikeouts. Yikes.
After signing a 3 year/ $50 million contract with the Phillies, the expectations and pressure for McCutchen will be sky-high with the Philly faithful who have a knack for demanding greatness. deGrom’s meetings with Cutch on the diamond will be an interesting storyline to follow throughout their time together in the NL East.
Matt Carpenter’s 2018 season is a real head-scratcher. After an absolutely brutal first month of the season, Carpenter tore it up for much of May-July. This torrid run placed him firmly in all the way-too-early-but-totally-necessary NL MVP discussions. Unfortunately for Carpenter, the season ended in September. After progressively removing himself from MVP consideration with a dreadful last couple months, Carpenter can still look back on a season in which he easily put up the highest home run total of his career.
How has he done against Jake, you ask? I shall tell you: poorly.
There is a silver lining for Carpenter, though, as one of his three hits (in seventeen chances) was a home run. For comparison sake, Carpenter’s batting average against deGrom is .176 while deGrom’s career BA is .186. And they say pitchers can’t rake.