If you’ve followed baseball for the last few years you know Andrew McCutchen’s fall from MVP in 2013 to having a WAR below 1 in 2016. This even lead to McCutchen being moved from centerfield, where he once dominated the game.
Last year was far and away the worst season of McCutchen’s major league tenure posting career lows in WAR, offensive efficiency, defense efficiency, wRC+, batting average, and RBIs. Now for most players in most seasons, we would need to wait until the regular season to see if this was permanent or just a bad year, but with Cutch playing in the World Baseball Classic…
Now the WBC is obviously a very small sample size, but in these few games McCutchen has picked up where he left off last year, struggling mightily. In three appearances he’s batting 1-12 (.083), with no home runs or RBIs, and 4 strikeouts.
Clearly the WBC isn’t the best way to judge a player, but its still serious competition between MLB level players. Let’s hope this stats are a false showing and we get to see the McCutchen of old this year.