McCutchen sails to top of rankings

Originally Published: July 17, 2012
ESPN

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.

2012 Cross-Sport Power Rankings panel: Sara Walsh, John Buccigross, Robert Flores, Michael Smith, Bram Weinstein, Mike Hill, Jorge Andres, Charissa Thompson, DJ Gallo, Jim Basquil, Kevin Connors, Jeff MacGregor and Steve Weissman.

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