And now, for my next momentum shift…

Series, whether they be five or seven games in length, are won for different reasons.  Some are a mis-match of skill levels, some result from a team going hot or cold.  Some land squarely in the column of lucky/unlucky breaks.  Then there is the momentum series, what the Tigers and Yankees find themselves smack dab in the middle of going into game 5 of their ALDS matchup.  The momentum series relies heavily on “feel”, that is a team gets the sense that they have the upper hand, making it all the more easy to actual gain and keep that superior appendage.  The tricky part of the momentum series is the shift, the change of momentum from one side another that can happen without warning.  There is no set of rules of what can and cannot cause the shift, as anything can cause it.  Everything ends up relying on who can grab it last.

The series for these two teams has been filled to the brim with momentum shifts.  At any given time a different team seemed destined to walk away with in no problem, only to have things fall apart.  I’m going to list as many as I can, although I’m sure I might have forgotten a few, or just flat out missed some of the more subtle ones.

1.  Pre Game 1:  The Yankees, while having home field advantage, have to face the possible Cy Young and MVP winner of the American League in Justin Verlander… twice… in a five game series.  This seems to be two wins by default for the Tigers, meaning they’ll just have to steal one away for advancement.

Momentum: Tigers

2.  Still Pre Game 1:  The weather report shows rain in the forecast, but it is too far off to postpone/cancel the game, however the thoughts are at some point this game is going to go into delay… possibly after five/six innings or show, almost guaranteeing the Yankees will not have to face Verlander for a full 9, and will ample time to go after the bullpen.  If they can just hang in close up to that point, they could neutralize one of those “default victories”

Momentum: Yankees

3.  Inning 1:  C.C. Sabathia quickly gives up a home run, but escapes, although a bit shakily, however the Yankees are already down one and they haven’t even begun to deal with what Verlander is dealing.

Momentum: Tigers

4.  Inning 2: What is this?  Verlander stumbles out of the gate, and the Yankees immediately tie the game, not only this, but in the top of the 2nd, C.C. looks sharp.  This may turn out well after all, if the Yanks can take this game, they can take three straight and never have to face Verlander again.

Momentum: Yankees

5.  Inning 2:  Here comes the rain, and it doesn’t go away.  Suddenly we have a called game, to be picked up tomorrow morning, throwing every bit of pitching plan for both teams right out the window.  Scramble time all around.

Momentum: Even

6.  Day of Game 1, Part 2:  As the dust settles, several things become clear for the Yankees.  a) They will now only have to face Verlander once in this series b) The Game 3 pitcher for the Tigers must now become the Game 2 pitcher, moving his start from Comerica to Yankee stadium, and this is a fly ball pitcher who gives up a lot of home runs c)The replacement for Verlander in Game 1, Part 2 is another right hander in Doug Fister, however Sabathia’s replacement is not a lefty, but rather the right throwing Nova.  The Detroit Tigers have their lefty lineup in and can’t change it without risking losing key players for later.  This factors into the game as the Tigers lineup never really gets going, and the Yankees win handedly.

Momentum: Yankees

7.  Game 2 Innings 1-8: Although the cards seemed lined up for the Yankees to go up 2-0 this is not looking good, as Max Scherzer is dealing, while the Yankee lineup is snoozing with only a Granderson late home run to their credit.  Detroit is cruising to victory.

Momentum: Tigers

8.  Game 2 Inning 9: Things start to fall apart for the Jose Valverde and the Tigers.  Swish immediately homers, men are being walked, and the Yankees are starting to tally scores and possibly rally for a 2-0 series lead, just as you think you’ve ended things, an easy pop up becomes a foul ball due to the rain induced slipping on the on deck circle by Alex Avila.  Oh, and Grand Slam hitting Robinson Cano is at the plate.

Momentum: Yankees

9.  Still Game 2, 9th inning: However, it is not to be, and Cano grounds out, came over, the Tigers get everything they wanted: A split in New York, a stealing of home field advantage, Justin Verlander pitching the next game, oh and the massively disappointing AJ Burnett announced as Game 4′s starter.

Momentum: Tigers

10.  Game 3, 1st inning: What is this?  The Yankees immediately go up 2-0 on a shaky Justin Verlander?  Could that first game first inning not be a fluke?

Momentum: Yankees

11.  Game 3, Middle innings:  Nope, it was a fluke, C.C. does not have command and Verlander is beginning to steam roll, the Yankees are down 4-2 with no light at the end of the Verlander tunnel.

Momentum: Tigers

12.  Game 3, Late innings: Suddenly, Verlanders troubles reappear and the Yankees are back in this thing, tied at 4, with their strong bullpen ready to hold down the fort.

Momentum: Yankees

13.  Game 3, Late innings:  …and Soriano immediately gives up a first pitch home run to Delmon Young, and the Yankees have no answer, losing game 3 5-4, going down 2-1 in the series with another games still in Detroit, and having to send AJ Burnett to the mound for the win of go home Game 4.  Things are not looking Rosy.

Momentum: Tigers

14.  Game 4, 1st inning:  Ohhh boy, AJ is showing everything he showed that made his reputation so bad this year.  Cory Wade is already warming, Rothschild is already talking to him on the mound and the bases are loaded when… What a catch to end the inning by Granderson, and like that a fire is lit under Burnett, and eventually the Yankee lineup as they pound away at Porcello and then the Tigers bullpen for a 10-1 victory.  We’re heading back to NY for Game 5.

 

And there you have it, a semi-brief history of the many swings of momentum this series has had.  But will the momentum stay with the Yankees, or will we have yet another couple of swings before this thing is over.  One thing is for certain.  For whomever comes out of this alive, Texas awaits.

Where do we go from here?

Foggy.  This is the proper adjective for the Yankees postseason picture, for this is the adjective used by me before every A.J. Burnett start.  I simply lack the skills to predict how he will perform, and I doubt anyone has those skills.  Frankly, there are times when A.J. himself lacks skills.  Going into this series, I strongly felt that if the Yankees could pass the Detroit test, they would almost be guaranteed a ticket to the World Series.  Going in, I knew this would ge trouble, and while they aren’t face down in the mud yet, they’re certainly hanging around the sty.

Yet, there is hope.  It is quite possible that A.J. performs not amazingly, but rather just effectively enough that to allow the Yankee hitters room to go after Porcello, and pitcher who, can be a Detroit Tiger equivalent.  He has shown his own flashes of brilliance (I can remember a particularly painful experience midseason last year against him), but can easily swim in to the erratic zone.  If A.J. can do just enough, and the Yankee bats come alive, a win can be stolen here, forcing the series back to NYC, swinging the momentum back in the Yankees favor (Nova on the mound, in Yankee Stadium, against a pitcher we’ve already damaged.)  To be completely fair to the Yankees, going into the Detroit, all we needed was a split, and the more likely win was never to come against Verlander.  Game 4, not Game 3 became the one the Yankees were supposed to win the minute the rain halted the opening face off between the two teams, and all that’s happened so far is the latter part being true.

…So why does it seem so dire?

Blame it on the rain.

Game one for the Yanks and Tigers took two nights to play, and completely changed the face of the series. This was not because of what happened on the field, but rather what happened in the atmosphere above the field, namely a long and seemingly unending rain that was only supposed to be a light drizzle.  By ending the CC/Verlander matchup after an inning and a half, some things affected the Tigers negatively:

1.  Verlander is their biggest weapon, and they don’t have many big weapons.  By moving his “real” start to the middle of the series, the Yankees now have to face him once, not twice, which is a huge difference.  This doesn’t only apply to the actual facing of Verlander, but also to the mentality of the Yankee hitters, knowing that they’ll only have to face him once.

2.  Game 2 (which is kinda game 3, but isn’t game 3) is now being started for the Tigers by Max Scherzer.  He is a fly ball pitcher, who thrives in Comerica Park, a pitchers stadium, Yankees Stadium is very much the opposite, which does not bode well for Scherzer or the Tigers.

Of course there are always counterpoints to this:

1.  While the drop in effectiveness isn’t as steep as it is for the pitching staff of the Tigers, CC is still the ace of the Yankees staff, so the Yankees are put into the same situation as the Tigers with Verlander.  Still it just doesn’t feel as bad…

2.  The Max Scherzer fly ball pitcher thought has been mentioned many times, both since the delay happened, but also during the actual playing of Game One.  This may very well lead to the “Over Announced Stat Neutralization Effect” wherein a stat (or in this case, a thought) has been harped on so many times as an inevitability, that it actually neutralizes any effect that it may have had on the game.  Two examples:

A:  How many times leading up to and during the broadcast of Super Bowl XLII did we hear that the Patriots were 18-0?  So much emphasis was thrown upon that stat  that it became moot, the Patriots lost a game they in no way should’ve lost.  They were the better team, just apparently not the “team of destiny” because they were referred to too much as such.

B:  Following game 4 of the 2007 ALCS, all I heard (and I would continue to hear this, and even more foolishly, believe it each and every time I heard it) was “I’m not worried, how is Boston going to find three starting pitchers to give them wins in a row?”  Over, and over, and over.  From my fellow Yankee fans, from ESPN sportscenter analysts, from broadcasters (albeit, the official sports reporters put it far more politely than the Yankee fans, with more of a “who will the Red Sox put on the mound” spin).  All that talk was just begging for the most memorable visual from that series, and the source of the Red Sox victory, to be from a Red Sox starting pitcher.  This, ladies and gentlemen, is why we have a bloody sock image forever burned into our minds.  Apologies, I’ve brought on a Yankee fan rage moment here… (HE WAS BLEEDING FROM HIS ANKLE!  HIS ANKLE! HOW IS THIS FOREVER TREATED LIKE A DEBILITATING INJURY!  HE WASN’T SHOT IN THE ANKLE, AND PROCEEDED TO PITCH!  YOU KNOW WHAT WAS UNDER THAT BLOODY SOCK?  CURT SCHILLING.  THAT’S WHY HE PITCHED SO WELL, WHILE BLEEDING, CAUSE HE DOESN’T STOP BEING CURT SCHILLING EVERY TIME HE GETS A PAPER CUT!) … okay, rage over, sorry.

Getting back to Game 1:  The Yankees handedly defeated the Tigers, 9-3 in the 23.5 hour delayed game, powered by a 6-run with two out 6th inning.  The inning included a Brett Gardner two run single through the right side hole, and then a Robinson Cano grand slam.  Doug Fister, the “relief” pitcher for Verlander and the Tigers pitched either well or not, depending on how you look at it.  Watching the game, he kept the Yankees on their toes for a while, and held them scoreless for an extended period, but was left in too long.  From a stat/expectation view, he did not hold up very well, as he did not even pitch a full five innings expected from any starter, his usual role, and he was touted a hugely talented, which he didn’t really show.

On the other hand, Ivan Nova, in “relief” of C.C., did everything expected of him and more, nearly closing the game out single handedly.  He mixed pitches well, had some help from some excellent defense and everything lined up for what should have been a 9-1 victory, had a mix of an awkward infield single that should have been an out and a poor relief performance from Luis Ayala not blown his line for him.  In the end, Mariano was called in to finish off the game (which he did efficiently with three pitches), and the score was much further than tomorrows newspaper box scores will portray.

As far as Swisher is concerned:  The playoffs never bode well for the guy.  While the energy and glee that pours from his personality make him lovable to all, it also hampers him in clutch situations.  Sometimes I feel if it were up to him, he’d play every at-bat, and pitch every inning, because he wants to contribute as much as humanly possible, so he gets himself too amped and tries to do too much which leads to some awful postseason stats.  Why is Nick Swisher so good when 0-2?  Because he’s 0-2 a lot.  He does best in situations he his familiar with.  He eager attitude has put him down 0-2 many, many times, but has also trained him well for the situation, so he is comfortable there and it triggers his best work.  Maybe three straight postseasons will have given him enough time to get comfortable with the post season.  He certainly showed improvement in 2010 over 2009.  Also getting the single under his belt in Game 1 was good.  He isn’t looking for that first hit.

Game 2, here we come.  Lets see which Freddy Garcia shows up.

Oh, what a night…

Two things to kick this thing back off.  Two things that describe this night.  First, a picture:

Think it's a rough night to be a Red Sox fan? Try being a Red Sox third basemen.

Next, a video: 

 

Now, one of these things is extremely depressing, and the other completely uplifting (based on a mix of a: your taste in music and b: your choice in baseball team, which is depressing and which is uplifting can change).  As emotionally separated as these things may be, they equally represent the closing evening of the 2011 MLB season.  Anyone who follows, is a fan of, or is even remotely aware of baseball cannot deny the amazing, magical night baseball just experienced.

Four teams (Atlanta, St. Louis, Boston, Tampa Bay) entered the evening fighting for their postseason lives, and each one  proved they wanted it,  bad.  Things would not work out for Atlanta and Boston, almost befittingly, as tonight proved to be just the end of the ball of string that had unraveled over the past month for the two teams.  I heard the word “Microcosm” used at least five times in different after game reports tonight, and this isn’t because the word has become a cliche, but rather because no other word can better describe the events that unfolded tonight.  For just as Atlanta and Boston had both played strong and held effortless leads the entire year in their respective divisions, they both earned leads in their games tonight.  However things quickly unraveled for both teams both month and game-wise, and in the end, they just weren’t deemed playoff worthy by the powers that be.

On the other hand, the elation that any fan of baseball was able to enjoy by being able to witness tonight, being able to say “I was there, watching it all unfold” to enjoy the moment in all its unexpected glory, is possibly a once in a lifetime feeling.  Surely it doesn’t feel as “good” as when your team wins it all, but it does provide a rare experience, a different kind of “good”:  being able to feel happy, excited, for baseball as a whole.  At a time when the NBA is falling apart, College Football has lost all sense of purity, the NFL has just barely survived, and the NHL is… well the NHL, baseball has once again outshone everyone else, if only for a single evening,  a beautiful opera with the perfect balance of both tragedy, triumph and, for two teams, the fat lady singing.

Oh.  What a night.

Something You Never Want To See.

Game #6: Yankees vs. Twins

Game Result: Win, Yankees 4, Twins 3, (4-2)

BA at start: .333

A.J. Burnett, last year’s Yankee disaster, came into this game with all the eyes of the Yankee Universe on him.  Was the first game a fluke?  Could he really be returning to his former  self?  How much different would he be sans the sinus infection?  Well, if his performance is to be taken as any type of answer, the aforementioned universe can sleep a bit easier.  This may have resulted from A.J.’s penchant for pitching well in April (he is now 9-0 in April as a Yankee), it might be general improvement in mechanics and in his brain, whatever the case, as long as it is working, the Yankees will take it.  He didn’t pitch a gem, but he limited the Twins enough to earn the Yankees, and himself a win.

This game provided some hope for the future offense wise.  Up until now the Yankee offense has, operationally, been all or nothing.  Not in the “we score a massive amount or we don’t” manner, but rather how they go about scoring.  Home runs or nothing on the board has been the Yankee way of doing things this season.  This can be a very slippery slope, as often times it can lead to problems that don’t manifest themselves until they have become big problems.  Mechanics get ignored, adjustments aren’t made and soon enough no one is hitting, and no games are being won.  A game like this, however, where runs are scored by series of hits?  That is the sign on either a healthy hitting team, or at least a team on its way.

Speaking of health, we’ve now reached the downside of the game’s events.  In the seventh inning, with Swisher on first, Teixeira grounded into a possible double play, Swisher made a clean slide into second to try and break it up, and the Twins fresh-from-Japan second baseman, Tsuyoshi Nishioka did not get out of the way in time.  Swisher slid into his leg, Nishioka went down, fracturing his fibula (that would be the slimmer of the two bones that make up the bones in ones calf, for those who don’t watch “Bones”).  The two players spoke after the game, confirming to with one another that no foul was involved, and that there was no hard feeling between the two players, or teams for that matter.  Nonetheless, it dampened an important win going into a sure to be tough series in Boston.

The Incident

The At-bats :

[amount of pitches in brackets]

1st: Pop Out (First) [6]

3rd: Sac Fly (Right), RBI (Gardner from third) [3]

4th: Ground Out (Shortstop, Fielder’s Choice) [3]

7th: Ground Out (Second, Fielder’s Choice)[2]

At Bat Breakdown:

7th Inning:  One out, Swisher on first, ground ball.  Result: Fielder’s Choice.

This isn’t an at-bat, but it is the most important occurrence of the game, so I’m making an exception here.  There is a certain hierarchy in sports when it comes to contact.  In America, there are four sports that are widely considered the major leagues, be it due to recognition, history or wealth, these sports are the ones most paid attention to, and attract different people to them for different reasons.  Among these four major sports, Baseball, Basketball, Football and Hockey, the major differentiation is the amount of contact involved.  Now, both Hockey and Football have claims to being the most contact, for different reasons (in hockey you’re actually allowed to trade punches, football holds the argument that while contact is an integral part of hockey, and happens often, it isn’t built around player to player contact, but rather player to puck contact, the player to player contact just being a side effect.  They make the claim that a majority of players on any given team’s job is to make physical contact with the other team, thus making in the more contact related sport).  Whom ever is right, (I’ve always more agreed with football’s way of thinking) they both still represent the most contact related major sports.  Basketball is next, as close contact is often the case, just without the pushing, shoving and knocking down.  Last however, is baseball.  Very few plays in baseball involve one player making contact with another.  The plays that do exist are usually limited to a tag at most.   The way the game is played simply does not allow for much contact, so for an injury to occur due to one player colliding with another is a rare occurrence.

I’ve never really been sure where I land on the topic of using sliding to break up the double play.  I understand that it is an accepted technique, one taught and practiced by all levels of the sport.  I understand the value in it as well, being that it forces the second baseman to jump and thus prevents him from making a throw to first.  In my thinking, I only have one qualm with the whole sliding thing, and that is that it never comes off as “the player is sliding into second and the defenseman happens to be there”.  It comes off as “the player’s clear first motive is two aim themselves at the player, the second motive is to be close enough to the bag to have an excuse for what they’ve done.”  It’s like a dirty little rule in baseball that you can attack another player, as long as you qualify the attack with a reach for the bag.  However, that being said, it is a throughly accepted technique, therefore I have no choice but to accept it.  This situation, however shows exactly what I don’t like about the technique.  In my opinion, if your team has faltered in a way that they’ve hit into a double play, then you take that double play and deal with your mistake, I’ll take an inning ending double play over a player (from any team) getting injured, any day.  A win is only so important.

Game #6 Summary:

The story with Swisher (and again, the Yankees in general) continues to be RBI’s and pretty much nothing else.  He has had an uncanny ability to drive in runs, now raking in his 4th RBI in six games, but is not driving in the runs in the best of  fashions, as most of the RBI’s have come from groundouts or Sac Flys.  The argument could be made that he is simply playing the role of an excellent situational hitter, but that argument only goes so far, as at a certain point you become the guy always in the right place at the right time.  That being said, I’m positive the Yanks don’t mind the runs, and Swisher doesn’t mind the RBI’s, but come on, the world of baseball is a greedy place, and don’t we all want just a little bit more?

The Stats:

0-3, RBI #4

Ending Batting Average: .286

Extra Stats (Season):

RISP: 2/8, AB: 21 (Plate Appearances: 26), Pitches Seen: 92

Things Fall Apart.

Game #5: Yankees vs. Twins

Game Result: Loss, Twins 5, Yankees 4, (10 Innings)  (3-2)

BA at start: .286

C.C. Sabathia just cant catch a break.  It isn’t his fault, both pitching performances this year have been fine outings, yet something always seems to take the win out of his hands.

Sabathia pitched a strong seven innings, leaving with a 4-0 lead, really only being taken out due to the early state of the season.  This left the game in the hands of Soriano, for reasons I still haven’t figured out and things did not fair well for him.  Three walks (including one to bring in a run) and a single later, David Robertson was brought in to deal with the two out, bases loaded mess.

Robertson got into early trouble with Young at the plate, but pitched well to get  back in the at bat.  Unfortunately, Young hit a good pitch weakly into the perfect spot, allowing three runs to score, tying the game.  Robertson promptly struck out Cuddyer to end the inning, Rivera did his job in the ninth, but Boone Logan could not hold down the tenth, allowing a walk and two singles of which the Yankees could not respond to, leading to a 5-4 defeat.

Swisher Fields

Some times a bad hit lands in a good spot.

The At-bats :

[amount of pitches in brackets]
1st: Single (Left Field) [2]

2nd: Strike Out (Looking) [4]

5th: Single (Center) [1]

8th: Ground Out (Second)[2]

At Bat Breakdown:

2nd Inning: Two outs, one on, ahead by four.  Result: Strike Out looking

One factor of this game summarizes where Nick Swisher is as regards to production right now, this factor being the number of pitches seen.  For the most part, Swisher will be one of the top “pitches seen” column numbers.  Usually it’s a battle between him and Gardner.  This was not the case this game, especially evident in this at-bat, where he looked at a close but correct strike three call.  Usually the two strike count is Swisher’s bread and butter.  Not the case here, and it’s indicative of where he is as a batter right now, simply put, that he’s not as comfortable as he should be at the plate right now.  This factor, as well as a few others (namely, the ability to hit the home run) will decide where he lands at the end of the transitional space.  What do I mean by this?  Well…

Game #5 Summary:

While the final numbers were undesirable as far as the team was concerned, it was a good day for swish, going 2-4 with two singles.  While his batting average, for now, is in a good spot, his rhythm remains a mystery.  We are squarely sitting in the transitional space.  The results of the next week or so will outline how the early part of the season will go for Swisher.  Right now he is getting hits, but pretty much all singles, while the harder hit balls are right at fielders, or being fielded by above average plays.  The results of the early part of the season all relies on whether those hard hit balls start landing or not.  If they do, the results go the way of Cano’s early season last year.  If they don’t, they’ll go the way of Teixeira’s early season from the same year.  As with a majority of all things in baseball, only time will tell.

The Stats:

2-4, Single #’s 4 & 5, Strike Out #5 (3rd Looking)

Ending Batting Average: .333

Extra Stats (Season):

RISP: 2/6, AB: 18 (Plate Appearances: 22), Pitches Seen: 77

Nothing Lost, Nothing Gained.

Game #4: Yankees vs. Tigers

Game Result: Win, Yankees 4, Twins 3  (3-1)

BA at start: .364

The story of the game:  Ivan Nova.  Last year’s late season call up, who showed good stuff with some obvious issues, seemed, at least for now, to have erased the later part of that equation, and improved upon the former, leading to an impressive start and a lot of talk for his future.  He pitched well early, impressing all while allowing the Yankees to stack up a 4-0 lead.  More impressively, perhaps were the later innings, in which he was able to escape a jam, and pitch well deeper into the game, the major cause for concern last year, allowing for the Yankee bullpen to shut down the 7th, 8th and 9th inning, with Joba, Sori and Mo respectively.  Very respectively.  The Yankee offense hit well early, but seemed to lack the same punch in the later innings, a possible cause for concern, but also a possible fluke.  Only time will tell.  Until then, this was just the continuing story of Yankee dominance over a still very talented Minnesota team.

The At-bats :

[amount of pitches in brackets]

2nd: Walk [5]

4th: Fly Out (Right Field)[2]

6th: Ground Out (First), Advanced Runner (Cano to Second) [5]

8th: Strike Out (Looking)[8]

At Bat Breakdown:

8th Inning, One On, Two Out, Ahead By One.   End Result: Strike Out Looking.

There wasn’t much on the Swisher front to talk about this game, so instead I’ll complain just a bit.  I try not to follow the cliché.  I try not to complain about every call that goes against my team, about every umpire in every game, because I know their job is difficult.  I know sometimes human error will cause them to get things wrong.  I know that they try to redeem these mistakes, giving a close call to the team that previously got hammered by a bad call.  I know that many of the umpires are consistent in the calls they make, giving the same strike zone to every pitcher.  I’m not calling for umpires to be replaced by machines or to be scrutinized (this being said, I would LOVE to see a game, just a single, exhibition game, be called by a computer program that actually read balls and strikes.  I believe this would be hilarious, for pitchers and batters alike just to see how often balls are balls and strikes, strikes.). I’m fine with the system as it is.

This being said, I firmly believe that Swisher gets the short end of the stick due to his friendly personality.  Umpires are less hesitant to call close, dramatic pitches as strike three, knowing that he isn’t going to get in their face, or complain.  If one were to look at the at-bat in question, the eighth pitch thrown was a clear low crossing ball, ball four in fact, not strike three  Yet once again, at a pivotal point in the game, the nice guy gets screwed by faulty calling.  This needs to stop.

Game #4 Summary:

Numbers can be misleading.  In this case, while 0-3 looks like a step in the wrong direction, it actually is more understandable to me than the previous 3-3, two walk performance.  Both of the balls hit into play were well hit.  One to deep right, one a rocket to first, but right at Morneau.  Striking the ball well means that Swisher is right on track to have a fine season, the next step is where they land, and how hard they are struck.  What does this mean.  Simply put: He’s close, but not there yet.

The Stats:

0-3, Walk #3, Strike Out #4 (2nd Looking)

Ending Batting Average: .286

Extra Stats (Season):

RISP: 2/6, AB: 14 (Plate Appearances: 18), Pitches Seen: 68

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