As the years wear on, there are certain guys you just hate to see coming to your team’s big league city. Andrew McCutchen is a .297 hitter against the Dodgers in 61 career games. He gets on base against them at a .385 clip and has slugged .502 with ten home runs. McCutchen recently admitted to a Bay Area radio station that he brings a little something extra each time he plays Los Angeles.
During fan fest on Saturday afternoon at AT&T Park, McCutchen was asked which opposing stadium he gets the most pumped up to play in.
The former Pirate nailed the answer.
“Somebody I want to stick it to every time and I get fired up [to play] is the Dodgers,” McCutchen said, as a “Beat LA” chant broke out.
“I love giving it to them,” McCutchen added, as the chant grew louder.
This came from a Q&A session at the San Francisco Giants fan fest this past Saturday. Now it’s possible McCutchen was simply giving the Giants faithful exactly what they wanted to hear. Or maybe we should take the man at his word. Either way, the Dodgers just had one of their most formidable foes since 2009 enter their division.
As a member of the Pirates, the Dodgers would see him just six or seven times a season. The mid-January trade to the Bay Area will ensure McCutchen gets to play Los Angeles far more often. In 2018 alone, the Dodgers will see him 13 times before the All-Star break. The Dodgers and Giants will face off 19 times in all this coming year.
McCutchen has been a consistent and durable player over the course of his career. And he experienced somewhat of a resurgence in 2017. His play was reminiscent of the player who finished in the top five of the Most Valuable Player Award voting from 2012 to 2015. In a career that has spanned nine seasons, he has accumulated a 47.3 bWAR.
At 31 years old, plenty of good baseball remains in the player. Joining the rival Giants has awoken McCutchen’s desire to get a piece of the Dodgers, perhaps now more than ever. That being said, McCutchen hit just .154 (4 for 26) against Los Angeles in 2017. It’s clear the Dodgers may have uncovered a new attack plan against him this past season. They’ll need to continue to build off this during the near twenty match-ups when he’s sure to make certain he’s in the opposing lineup.
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