VS LHP 2013: .231/.237/.341/.577 1:22 bb:k
Billy's approach from the right side has completely fallen apart for the time being. He has 1 walk all year! His OPS from the left side is .694 with a much more tolerable 23:26 bb:k ratio. What's going on?
Hamilton is a natural righthanded hitter who just started switchhitting when he went pro. The report on him was that he had a nice swing and approach from the right side, but was a disaster from the left side. It seems like he's been focusing on improving his lefthanded swing and approach, and it's working.
Having seen Hamilton many times, I have full faith in his ability to hit righthanded, it always was his strength. This slump on the right side is probably just that, a slump caused by his focusing too much on his lefthanded swing. He probably hasn't faced that many lefties this season either.
Give him a week to focus back on his swing from the right side, and I'm confident it will be his stronger side again. If he can maintain a .700 OPS from the left side, his overall numbers should be higher than that when he's fully developed as a hitter.
"Man, the pitch looks fast, even in slow motion." Thom Brennaman on Chapman's fastball.
Billy with a homer today from the right side. Showing a little more pop this year than previous years.
Domo Arigato, Here Comes Joey Votto
"I do what I want to do and say what I want to say."
single season career high for homeruns now. Sluggin' Billy? :-)
This is what I was afraid of. From Baseball Prospectus:
“The speed is absolutely fantastic. He’s fun to watch when he’s on the bases, but I just don’t see how it’s going to work. There’s nothing else that makes me believe he’s an everyday big leaguer. You can knock the bat out of his hands with good velocity and he doesn’t have the discerning eye to work counts and lay off spin. I just think the hit and on-base comes up short and he’s a virtual zero offensively. If he can figure everything out in center field then maybe has a future hitting eighth or ninth and playing good D, but that’s even stretching it for me.”