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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Player Analysis: #26 Chase Utley 2B


Overall Season Numbers (AVG/OBP/SLG) & wOBA- .292/.380/.535 & .384
Overall Career Numbers (AVG/OBP/SLG) & wOBA- .298/.375/.526 & .389

2008 Month by Month-
March/April: .360/.430/.766 11 HRs 11 BBs
May: .259/.354/.537 8 HRs 14 BBs
June: .266/.364/.511 4 HRs 11 BBs
July: .278/.336/.443 4 HRs 6 BBs
August: .294/.412/.477 4 HRs 14 BBs
Sept/Oct: .284/.369/.443 2 HRs 8 BBs

Utley's first two months this year were off the charts with respect to his power numbers. 11 HRs and 11 walks in March and April is absolutely insane. Even in May when many of his hits were HRs, he still reached base 35% of the time due to walks. No one will ever need to explain why Chase Utley is a perennial MVP candidate, or what makes him such a good hitter. If your memory serves right however, most people in the area were extremely shocked and "disappointed with Utley's performance" at different times this season. However, if you look at his numbers month by month, even when Utley was "slumping", his average and on-base percentages were still at or around the leave average. While Utley's batting anything less than .280 in a month might seem terrible because that's not what you're used to seeing from him, it's great that those numbers are what you can still expect in bad times from him.

I don't need to rave about Utley's offensive abilities, but I feel I should point out a few things about how he has changed over the last few years. Utley didn't have very good range when he first came up, and some experts would say that some of his defensive fundamentals weren't sound. Well, a lot can be said for his defense as of late. He has developed into at the very least an above average second baseman. His range has improved, and you'll never have to worry about him putting it all on the line to make a play. Perhaps what sums up Utley's defense the best would be his mental makeup. If you have never played the game, you might not be able to fully appreciate how much awareness it takes to see a ball hit off the bat into the air with a runner on first, check to make sure that the runners are behaving advantageous to the situation, and let the ball drop in hopes of turning a double play. While it works rarely if ever, this heads up play is exactly the type of thing that redeems Utley's shortcoming in the field. This says it all.

Now everyone knows, thanks to me, that Chase Utley is the man.

Next up: #28 Jayson Werth RF

5 comments:

Andy Musser said...

i didnt know he was able to smile

Scott Graham said...

yea, he can. yea, he phucking can.

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