Andrew McCutchen may play the game the right way, but voters so far want to see Yasiel Puig. The reigning MVP is down to fourth in the outfield voting which kinda stinks because McCutchen is awesome, but with democracy you take the good with the bad and having Puig in a starting slot is good. Charlie Blackmon is a lot of fun this year, but let’s swap him out for Cutch and then everyone’s happy, yes?
In other news, Ryan Braun took a big tumble, so all pearl-clutching energy can be focused on the American League for now.
The results to date:
You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.
The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.
Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.