Lobbying a Chase Headley Reynolds swap package. Chase could profile much better in “chase field” and Mark would absolutely hep provide protection for Adrian. It COULD possibly be appealing to bring in Headley in a package to go a bit younger/cheaper while still getting worth in return, possibly another arm as well. I maintain that Headley would fair much better in Az. away from Petco park. I have watched several of Headley’s balls die out in Petco, he could easily have 9-10 HR, has 11 SB and is hitting 270 playing a very solid defensive 3rd base. Of course I have an agenda/bias.. lol I am a Padre fan.
I don’t understand Mark Reynolds. With such an extreme approach, there has to be a way to pitch him to render him useless – right? Maybe “don’t throw him a strike, ever”? Why is this not standard practice, and how long before it becomes standard practice?
It’s probably because Mark Reynolds isn’t Jeff Francoeur aka “swings at everything and puts himself in a huge hole because of it.” Reynolds walk percentage has trended upwards every year he’s been in the majors, with a career high of 12.7% this year. And with his strikeout percentage being a whopping 41.7%, I would, as a former (college) pitcher myself, know that I have a pretty good chance at striking him out at least once that night.
So, knowing that:
A) there’s a pretty good chance he’ll strike out,
B) he walks at a pretty good rate and I don’t want to put anyone on base, and
C) I dont want to fall into a hitter’s count and put myself in a position where I HAVE to throw him a strike;
unless it’s a close game and it would behoove me to pitch around him, I’m going right after him with strike-1 and strike-2. I still realize that it’s high risk, but the reward (striking him out vs putting him on) is too good for me to pass up. It’s just the chance you take.
It’s amazing how far Reynolds has come in the field. Going from a well below average 3B to one of the better fielding 3Bs. Yeah, I know about UZR sample size and whatnot, but just watching him, he’s made HUGE strides in the field.
And ever since he’s changed his swing mechanics a week ago, he’s been hitting better. .971 OPS in the last 7 games. But that could just be one of those Mark Reynolds hot streaks.
Last year, we went to a DBacks-Royals game in KC. Scherzer and Grienke had a pretty good duel going. Reynolds had struck out twice, and was going for a hat trick. Count was 3-2 and we were all thinking “Here it is”, and then BAM, slider nailed deep over the left-center fence for a 3-run homer, and Grienke is out of the game.
Batters often talk about a “blind spot” just in front of the plate where they lose the ball for a “small amount of time” (duh). It makes me wonder if Reynolds blind spot is larger than other hitters.
He seems to either make really good contact, or none at all … which makes no sense. He’s not a mechanical mess, as far as I know he doesn’t need glasses, and despite having a lot of power in his swing, he doesn’t seem to overswing.
Comment by CircleChange11 — July 8, 2010 @ 3:09 pm
I don’t think anyone will dispute a 44 HR ceiling :)