McCutchen named NL's top player for August

Pirates center fielder posted a 1.079 OPS in 27 games during the month

McCutchen named NL's top player for August

Andrew McCutchen has been playing his best baseball of the season, and he was awarded for it Thursday, when the Pirates center fielder was named as the National League Player of the Month for August.

McCutchen had a slash line of .348/.470/.609 for an OPS of 1.079 in August -- all monthly bests on the season -- with five homers and 19 RBIs in 27 games to win the award.

McCutchen's Pirates sit comfortably atop the NL Wild Card race with a 4 1/2-game lead for the first Wild Card spot entering Thursday night's game.

McCutchen is hitting .303 with 20 homers and 85 RBIs on the season.

Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.