A Simple Kind of Fan. The Belling Inspired Yuni Watch – 7.27.11
Ever since Mark Belling unfortunately shot his mouth off about Yuni being a .300 hitter in July, I have been closely following this statistic. While wrong at the time, he is currently hitting .300 in the month of July. I suppose if that’s the case, it is time we examine what type of month Yuni had on a larger scale.
For the month of July, Yuni has picked up the pace with a .300/.324/.443 slash line and a pair of home runs hit the same night in Arizona. He also managed to drive in nine runs and score ten of his own runs. He has been better offensively, but certainly not in his approach and his penchant for free swinging. Playoff baseball is all about getting into a team’s bullpen and exploiting favorable matchups. Failing to work a count and build an opposing pitcher’s critical pitch count is counterproductive to winning playoff baseball games. As I have said all year, Yuni’s offensive numbers are truly deceiving and much of his productivity is done with the bases empty or when the outcome of the game is no longer in doubt. For the month of July, Yuni performed as follows in these three situations:
Bases Empty: .284/.302/.411 slash line with 5 home runs in 197 AB. His best scenario for production comes when the pitcher is throwing strikes to get ahead. Since Yuni is a first pitch swinger, I am surprised that more pitchers don’t start him off with a breaking ball or a change up.
Men on Base: .210/.236/.315 slash line with 2 home runs (same game in AZ) in 143 AB. If it wasn’t for that Arizona game last week where he hit a pair of two run shots in a blowout, his numbers would be quite poor when the team needs him the most. Often, when he makes an out, a positive outcome does not also occur. This foreign concept is called making a productive out. Sadly, there is no such thing as a productive out with Yuni.
Men in Scoring: .221/.256/.286 slash line with 0 home runs in 77 AB. If you were paying attention, this looks a great deal like Yuni’s slash line through much of May and early June. Often times, teams would work around Milwaukee’s lineup, in order to pitch to Gomez and Betancourt. The two players routinely struggled in those situations and these splits really show where Yuni has had his biggest problem. Does this slash line look like that of a player that should be providing protection in the order behind Prince?
Since this empty resurgence has curiously come at a time where virtually every sane Milwaukee Brewers fan has been calling for a replacement, I hope Doug Melvin doesn’t take the bait. Failing to make a trade would be disastrous for Milwaukee’s hopes of advancing deep in the playoffs. A trade for a SS that has plus defense would be a huge upgrade over Yuni while not losing anything offensively. This is the route I would go in an attempt to upgrade the position for the least amount of cost.
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