As of today, McCutchen has 10 starts at the AAA level and is posting an impressive 3.32 ERA. It will sound excusatory, but in nearly every one of his starts for Scranton, McCutchen's struggled and surrendered runs in one particular inning while dominating before and after.
During the five starts listed below, McCutchen has been able to avoid the one bad inning syndrome which blew up his ERA from what would have been an even more impressive number in the 2.00's. Excluding one poor start on June 20th, here are the last five outings for Cutch at AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre:
July 10th.. 6 innings, 7 hits, 2 ER, 6 strikeouts, 1 walksJuly 5th.... 9 innings, 5 hits, 0 ER, 10 strikeouts, 0 walkJune 30th. 6 innings, 6 hits, 1 ER, 5 strikeouts, 1 walkJune 25th. 6.2 innings, 7 hits, 3 ER, 3 strikeouts, 3 walksJune 14th. 9 innings, 6 hits, 0 ER, 4 strikeouts, 0 walks
While he hasn't been Phil Hughes or Joba Chamberlain dominant, the Danimal has been consistently very, very good in the minors. Just go back and take a look at his numbers the past two years at Tampa, Trenton and now Scranton and remember he holds a 2.63 career minor league ERA over 284 innings-pitched. On a year split between AA and AAA, Cutch has a 2.97 ERA with 102 strikeouts to just 28 walks and 112 hits over 118 innings.
Look out Rasner/Ponson.