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Nate McLouth: For Real Real or For Play Play?

Posted by Kris N. on September 14, 2010

Is new Nate McLouth for real real or for play play?

Video please!

Screen shots please!

Just from the above we can see:

Problems:

  • Called out on strikes
  • Late on fastballs, early on curveballs/any off speed pitch
  • Bad timing

Improvements:

  • Swinging with 2 strikes
  • Bending knees to reach low pitches, and not just dropping the barrel of the bat
  • Closer to the plate, reaching more pitches
  • Seeing better
  • Starting his swing earlier

And the stats ain’t lying neither.

Since being called up to the major league 26 plate appearances ago, McLouth has raked an astonishing .381/.440/.810/1.250 line with one double, one triple, two homeruns, and (count it!) one strikeout.

To compare, in the first half of the season, he’s hit .176/.295/.282/.577 with three homeruns, and 26 walks to his 46 strikeouts. Then in July and August he sucked some more.

Maybe his BABIP is finally averaging out? From Fangraphs.com

I don’t think anyone expects McLouth to continue his torrid pace until the end of the season. Finishing the season with an overall September line of .270/.360/430/.790 and a couple more dingers sure sounds nice to me.

He’s for real real for now, we still have a lot to see and he still has a lot to prove.

Possibly more to come.

And if you haven’t already, go sign The Official “Get Rid of Melky Cabrera Petition: if you hate Cabrera’s fielding as much as I do.

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3 Responses to “Nate McLouth: For Real Real or For Play Play?”

  1. grafe said

    oh hes definitely for real now, obviously nobody expects him to hit like this next season but i think you could expect an 800 ops out of him

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