Samson: McCutchen A Big Loss For Phillies

Andrew McCutchen tore his ACL in San Diego on Monday and will miss the rest of the season

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
June 05, 2019 - 8:07 am
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Andrew McCutchen got caught in a rundown between first and second base against the Padres on Monday. It was your standard baseball play.

Right until it wasn’t.

McCutchen pulled up while running back to first and grabbed his knee. Yup. Torn ACL. Out for the season.

The Phillies (34-27) lead the Braves (33-27) by a half game in the NL East. How big of a loss is this for the Phillies? 

“He was big both in the clubhouse and on the field,” former Marlins president and current CBS Sports HQ MLB analyst David Samson said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “When you’ve got a veteran presence, that’s someone you like to have around because he’s good when there’s losing streaks; he’s understanding when there’s winning streaks, that it’s not going to continue; he’s a good go-between for the front office and for the manager when it comes to other players in that clubhouse. You don’t hear about Bryce Harper being so good in the clubhouse, so it’s good that they had McCutchen.”

Then there’s the on-field production. The former NL MVP had a .378 OBP, 10 home runs, 29 RBIs, 12 doubles and 36 runs in 59 games for the Phillies.

“He’s been a pretty steady presence at the top of that lineup,” Samson said. “They’re holding onto first place by the hair of their chin, so it’s a tough one for them. Jay Bruce had six RBI and two home runs (Tuesday), but don’t kid yourself. That’s not the long-term answer for a championship-winning team.”

Click below to listen to Samson’s interview in its entirety.