Domonic Brown Has Heated Up For The Phils: It Is Time The Rest Caught Up
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Sunday May.26, 2013
Domonic Brown is starting to put it together again. Well, almost. He’s had quite a productive month of May, but with one glaring statistical anomaly: Domonic Brown hasn’t taken a walk since April 30th.
Hard to ride him on it since he’s been semi-raking, but no doubt teams will begin to notice that he’s recognizing fat pitches to drive early in the count. Over the next series or two you will see that opposing teams will be very cautious in their introductions to Brown, that is if their scouts are any good.
It will be up to Dom Brown to make the adjustment and wait them out in order to continue on his torrid pace. He may actually have to take a walk or two, but in my opinion, that will only help his cause.
|1,(0-0)||R||D. Brown||D. Haren||Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep CF-RF)|
|1,(0-0)||R||D. Brown||D. Storen||Double (Fly Ball to Right-Center Field)|
Last night in Washington, Brown smoked the first pitches he saw in the second and eighth innings in the Phillies win over the Nationals, both with damaging results. It began when Nationals starter, Dan Haren, floated a hanging curve with two outs in the second inning of a scoreless contest between National League East rivals.
Hungry as he’s been when stepping to the plate, Brown sizzled the ball into the right-center field bleachers. Oddly enough, Kurt Suzuki called for the same pitch to the next batter, catcher Erik Kratz, which was also deposited over the fence, this time to left-center.
In the eighth inning, once again Brown’s eyes were as big as saucers as he drilled a first-pitch fastball into the right-center field gap which plated Michael Martinez, who was running with two outs for the not-so-fleet-of-foot Delmon Young. This would add a big insurance run in the 5-3 victory
Taking nothing away from what he’s been able to do this month, Brown has ventured into an area where very few players toil. Since April 30th, he’s been able to raise his average from .233 to .262 and increase his Slugging Percentage from .372 to .471, but he’s actually reduced his On Base Percentage from .309 to .301.
This kind of productivity defines the difference between being impatient at the plate versus having the ability to recognize pitches early, but word will certainly get around the league in a hurry. It will be then that his patience will be put to this test.
If he can detect that he’s not being served those first or second pitch cookies with regularity and if his patience can induce a few walks, he will only become a tougher out behind Howard, giving The Big Piece Ryan Howard better pitches of his own to swat.
|I WAS WRONG ABOUT DOM|
So stay tuned, Phillies fans, and pay attention to what happens to the middle of this lineup over the next few games. It could very well become the turning point of this young 2013 season. Here’s to hoping it’s for the better.
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Posted on May 26, 2013, in MLB Player Profiles, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged @warroomphilly, @warrroomphlchris, Atlanta Braves, chase utley, chris creighton, dan haren, delmon young, Domonic Brown, erik kratz, kurt suzuki, michael martinez, NL east, philadelphia phillies, ryan howard, washington nationals, www.warroomphilly.com. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.