Dear Mike Zunino,
I’m sorry. Yes, I made it very clear that I did not want any part of your fantasy baseball stats before this 2021 season, for you, Tampa Bay Rays the catcher who especially makes a stroke average would hurt my stroke average. You entered the 2021 season with one career .200 stroke average, after hitting .147 in 2020 and .165 the year before. Any power you offered to one fantasy team – I’m sure the rays love you, otherwise – would be offset by the slag average and therefore irrelevant.
This hardly means you became Rod Carew or Tony Gwynn this season, as the .215 stroke average shows. You still lack the total record appearances to qualify for the batting title, but if you had a few more, your .215 mark would rank as 132nd among 138 qualifiers. Not so good, but not so crippling, I guess, especially considering the positives. Now Cincinnati Reds SS / 3B Eugenio Suarez, he does incredible damage on a team team cut with his .172 mark. Or is he? Let’s investigate and yes, this is important!
I checked out some of my leagues, about 75% into this baseball season, and few teams roll accurately on average. My .257 mark in a 16-layer format is fourth. Fourth! In another league, a smaller one, a .257 mark is actually the other, even if the teams are lumped together. I did the quick math, and had I replaced my catcher in the first league, it would have been excellent Kansas City Royals star Salvador Perez, with you, Mr. Zunino, it lowers my cumulative stroke average from .2571 to .2548. Today it is a location. It does not seem like a big deal.
Perez is without a doubt the number 1 catcher on the ESPN Player Rater, the only backstop among the 85 best hits in total, and he has four more home runs than you, but also 29 more RBIs. Sorry, we do not discuss who is better for imagination. However, we can easily discuss who has had the best value this season! Get prepared, Mr. Zunino, for the same dubious reasons I passed, but only Perez has more home runs for the position, and no other catchers have reached 20 explosions. Detroit Tigers unknown Eric Haase, with 19 homers, is actually third. Eric Haase!
Looks like I’m admitted it some average hits with low strokes, for this new three-true outcome time, is not so bad after all. No, we do not want anyone to hit 600 times with the .215 average, but that is hardly the case here. The team average is .242. For catchers, it is .226. To think of it that way, a .215 stroke average over just 247 stroke flags is hardly that devastating, especially when it comes to 26 home runs. Plus, what else is out there on the catcher? Not so much. We are not talking about outdoor players here.
I salute you, Mr. Zunino, for your career-best home race and the PPP season, the first in which you made an All-Star team. You have home runs in five games in a row, and that’s cool too. As I’m sure you’ll just realize that two catchers can boast more fWAR than you do, which’s amazing. Maybe I did not misjudge you, directly, but the effect of batting average.
Suarez, it must be noted, ranks 42nd in record appearances this season with 471, so his stroke average is truly devastating. For example, if I replace Perez with Suarez, the effect is 10 average points. Hi! It means more. I understand why the Reds play Suarez, because this is his seventh season with the organization, and he can surpass 30 home runs for the third time in four years, but still the contact frequency is a problem. Real teams may not care about stroke averages. Heck, executives still beat low-OBP options at the top of the series. They think analysis is a joke. You have to watch the fights, Sonny. Right, because we do not. Puh-leeze and whatnot.
The point is that not all stroke averages are a big problem for fantasy purposes. Mr. Zunino, you really don’t hit that much, and an astonishing 26 of your 53 hits are home runs. It is a ridiculous but commendable price that no one else can touch. The actual home race leader, Shohei Ohtani, has home runs that account for 35% of his hits, not 49%. Wow.
You do, Mike. Continue slugging. No promises for next season, because this home run speed seems a bit unsustainable and all the analytical, but I do not want to rule anything out, and I bet we will see others copy this style soon.
Here are the thoughts of others with the lowest of the low stroke averages.
Joey gallo, OF, New York Yankees: Gallo aims to become the first player since the great Adam Dunn to lead the league in trips and strikes in the same season. Tough to do. Gallo is a career .209 hitter. We know him and we know his agreement. He has the same number of record appearances as Suarez, but far more trips, so the effect of his. 212 stroke averages are not so scary. Hitting 40 home runs – which is still possible in 2021 – largely outweighs the low batting average, but man, it would be so much better to invest in an OBP league!
Miguel Sano, 1B, Minnesota twins: Sano definitely has the power to hit 40 home runs, but that will hardly happen in 2021. Sano beat. 247 in 2019, with 34 home races, and we certainly saw the potential for even better. Sano will always swing and miss, but the exit speed is sky high. He hits hard and long baseball. This season, his contact frequency is actually far up. He has also hit .253 since the All-Star break. Part of me would say a .247 hitter with 40 explosions lurking for next year.
Andrew McCutchen, OF, Philadelphia phillies: It’s pretty easy to see what this former MVP problem is. He hits .225 because he hits a lousy .176 against right-handed pitching, albeit with turns and a bit of pop. Unlike left-wingers, McCutchen is a great DFS game. The Phillies have no one around to platoon with him, provided they even realize they should platoon him. Anyway, McCutchen looks lost on the plate since he came off the injury list, but he can deliver another 10 or so home runs. As a 34-year-old, this is about it for him, and I have no idea where he will play in 2022.