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NBC Sports EDGE's Christopher Crawford explains why fantasy managers must make the tough decision to cut ties with former MVP Andrew McCutchen.
CHRISTOPHER CRAWFORD: I don't like saying it any more than you're going to like hearing it, but it might be time to move on from Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen did pick up a hit on Sunday in the loss of the Rays, but that hit raised his average to all of .199. And since May 15th, the outfielder is hitting an ugly 122, 211, 286 with 20 strikeouts in 57 plate appearances.
It is worth pointing out in those two weeks, he has a batting average of balls on play of 138, which is unsustainably low. But McCutchen ranks well below average in average exit velocity and hard hit percentage, meaning there's been an awful lot of ugly contact to help explain that figure.
McCutchen is a former MVP, who still has a terrific approach at the plate. And he can still scoot on the bases. But it's hard to justify keeping him in the lineup for the occasional round tripper and steal.
It's obviously possible that things can still get turned around. But it would be a mistake to assume that it's going to happen for McCutchen, just based on his name. It's time to look elsewhere if he's still on your fantasy roster. I hate it just as much as you do.