Andrew McCutchen exorcises his baseball demons and then runs up a wall
Andrew McCutchen's first two at-bats during Sunday's game against the Cardinals were … not great. A strikeout and a lineout, they were indicative of Cutch's lukewarm start to the season. Not that anyone should doubt him, but a .220/.304/.339 slash line heading into the game is not what the world has come to expect from a player who led the National League in on-base percentage last season and who's only two years removed from an NL MVP Award. Something was off, like there was a cloud hanging over him.
Clearly, McCutchen thought so, too. Because after his second disappointing at-bat, he went into the dugout, laid down and did this:
Was he dancing? Dusting off his shirt? No -- he was casting out whatever baseball demons have haunted him through the first month of the season. Did it work?
In his next at-bat, McCutchen doubled and later came around to score. In his final plate appearance, he walked.
And in the seventh inning, Cutch made a running grab in deep center field to retire Yadier Molina.
His momentum literally carried him up the wall. Look, he left cleat marks:
HOLY COW, IT WORKED.