Andrew McCutchen (.371 - 21 HR - 64 RBI) has homered in four straight games and he leads the Major Leagues in several key categories from batting average (.371), slugging percentage (.651), OPS (1.074) to total bases (209).
Since 2001, three players have gone on to lead the Majors in batting average, slugging percentage and OPS. The three being Barry Bonds (2002, .370 AVG, .799 SLG, 1.381 OPS), Derrek Lee (2005, .335 AVG, .662 SLG, 1.080 OPS) and Josh Hamilton (2010, .359 AVG, .633 SLG, 1.044 OPS). Out of that group, only Derrek Lee in 2005 led the Majors in the four categories that McCutchen currently leads; batting average, slugging percentage, OPS and total bases. Statistics show how special of a season McCutchen is having.
A run down of McCutchen's NL and Major League ranks heading into Monday's Action:
1st in NL, Majors in Batting Average (.371) - Hitting .371, McCutchen leads the Majors and National League in batting average. He has a nice cushion over Philadelphia's Carlos Ruiz who's hitting .353.
1st in NL, Majors in SLG (.651) - McCutchen's .651 slugging percentage is also tops in the Majors and National League. Angeles rookie Mark Trout is second in the Majors with a .620 slugging percentage. Ryan Braun is second in the National League with a .615 slugging percentage.
1st in NL, Majors in OPS (1.074) - McCutchen's 1.074 OPS is also tops in the Majors and National League. He has a slight advantage over Cincinnati's Joey Votto (1.069).
1st in NL, Majors in total bases (209) - McCutchen's 209 total bases is also tops in the Majors and National League.
2nd in NL in HR (21) - McCutchen didn't hit his first home run until May 8th but has 21 homers in his last 59 games, ranking 2nd in NL in home runs, trailing NL leader Ryan Braun by five home runs.
2nd in NL in RBI (64) - McCutchen's 64 RBI's rank 2nd in NL, one behind NL Leader Carlos Beltran.
3rd in NL in Runs scored (61) - McCutchen's 61 runs scored has him tied for 3rd in NL and two behind NL leader Michael Bourn.
3rd in NL, Majors in OBP (.423) - McCutchen's .423 on base percentage ranks 3rd in the National League and in the Majors, trailing David Wright (.438) and Joey Votto (.465)