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    Default Andrew McCutchen is Baseball's most irreplaceable player

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    Player/Team WAR % of Team's Total WAR
    Andrew McCutchen/Pirates 4.6 25%
    Justin Verlander/Tigers 4.7 21%
    Roy Halladay/Phillies 5.0 17%
    Asdrubal Cabrera/Indians 3.5 17%
    Jered Weaver/Angels 4.8 17%
    Matt Holliday/Cardinals 4.4 16%
    Joey Votto/Reds 4.2 16%
    Dustin Pedroia/Red Sox 5.5 15%
    Ian Kinsler/Rangers 4.6 15%
    Rickie Weeks/Brewers 3.9 14%

    The Pittsburgh Pirates haven't had a winning season since 1992, but are contenders to win the National League Central division this year. If you're looking for a reason for the team's success, look no further than Andrew McCutchen.

    No player in baseball is carrying his team towards the playoffs the way McCutchen has up to this point. Using Wins Above Replacement as a measure of total value contributed, McCutchen has produced 25% of the Pirates' total team WAR, far above any other player on a winning team.

    Tigers' ace Justin Verlander is the only other player on a contender over 20%, with Phillies' pitcher Roy Halladay, Indians' shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and Angels' pitcher Jered Weaver contributing 17% to their team's total production.

    Even just looking at standard numbers, McCutchen's significance to his team is obvious. Though Monday, he leads the Pirates in hits, doubles, triples, home runs, walks, stolen bases, and nearly any other measure of offensive performance you can think of. He's also the team's best defensive player, using his speed in centerfield to turn deep fly balls into outs. While most other MVP candidates have at least one wing man, McCutchen is carrying Pittsburgh's offense essentially by himself.

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    Default Re: Andrew McCutchen is Baseball's most irreplaceable player

    Three second basemen and a SS on that list? Wow, wouldn't have thought that.

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