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Andrew McCutchen finishes 3rd in NL MVP voting

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Andrew McCutchen has finished third, behind Clayton Kershaw and Giancarlo Stanton, in NL MVP voting. Josh Harrison finished ninth, Russell Martin 13th. You can view the entire table of results here.

McCutchen had a better offensive season than Stanton and deserved to be ahead of him, but that seems silly to worry about. McCutchen had another outstanding season in which he actually improved offensively on his great 2013, and we didn't need a second-place finish to know that. Kershaw is a deserving winner. McCutchen received four first-place votes, 10 for second and 15 for third. One voter placed him sixth.

It's incredible that the Pirates had three top-15 finishers. Harrison's out-of-nowhere season was an enormous boost for the Pirates, and you could make the case that the voters actually underrated Martin, who provided even more value than his 5.3 WAR suggested thanks to his framing and his work with pitchers. Overall, it was an outstanding season for the Bucs offense. To put it in perspective, their fourth-best player, Starling Marte, produced 4.1 WAR, a higher total than anyone on the entire team posted from 2007 to 2010. Hooray Pirates offense!