2. Andrew McCutchen
Left fielder Andrew McCutchen is not off to as bad of a start as fellow Phillies outfielder Roman Quinn — with five hits, including a triple and home run, through 36 at-bats. Still, the former Most Valuable Player’s .139/.279/.278 slash line is something to have significant concern about.
McCutchen is the Phillies leadoff hitter and is relied upon heavily to get on base and start what the team hopes to become a rally. Over his past three games, however, McCutchen has failed to do just that — going 0-for-12 with zero walks and four strikeouts opposite a pair of division rivals in the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets.
A 13-year veteran in the final year of his three-year, $50 million contract with the Phillies, a question begs whether “Father Time” is simply catching up to McCutchen, whose first of five All-Stars seasons was a decade ago with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
When healthy, McCutchen has put up consistent numbers in red pinstripes. Through 59 games in 2019, he hit .256 with 12 doubles, 10 home runs, and 29 RBI. Across two fewer games last season, the Florida native also slugged 10 home runs, while hitting .253 with nine doubles and 34 RBI.
Currently, McCutchen has as many RBI (2) as backup catcher Andrew Knapp and No. 2 starting pitcher Zack Wheeler. There is always still a chance the “law of averages” comes into effect and McCutchen starts having success … but early on, there are not many hopeful signs that will come to fruition.