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July 19, 2013 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Managing McCutchen


Daniel Rathman

A look at an Andrew McCutchen matchup, and what to watch for this weekend.

Matchup of the Day
Right-handed-hitting Andrew McCutchen has always done his best work versus left-handed pitchers, but he has more than held his own against like-handed hurlers, too. McCutchen carried a .292/.366/.440 triple-slash line against righties into this year’s All-Star break, numbers that understate his true offensive value because he also went 17-for-19 on stolen-base attempts.

One righty who has had no trouble slowing McCutchen down, though, is the Reds’ Mike Leake. In 42 head-to-head plate appearances, McCutchen is just 8-for-38 (.211/.286/.289) against Leake with one extra-base hit (a home run), two walks, eight strikeouts, and a couple of plunkings. Leake ranks ninth in the majors with a 2.69 ERA this year, even though he has made eight of his 18 starts in the treacherous confines of Great American Ball Park.

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