Why he might not: Well, he’s still on the Pirates. Perennial cellar dwellers, the Pirates aren’t the toughest team to stand out on, but getting MVP recognition is another story. Even a crazily good season for McCutchen might not bring contention to Pittsburgh, and the award is often given to playoff-caliber teams (last year, Posey and Cabrera faced each other in the World Series). It’ll be a tough road to climb for McCutchen, but he has his youth, which should help.
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