Domonic Brown Has Heated Up For The Phils: It Is Time The Rest Caught Up

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Sunday May.26, 2013

With six of his nine home runs and 16 of his 27 RBI's coming in the last 21 games, it would not surprise me to see Brown bat more often in the 5-hole behind  vs. any opposing team's right-handed pitching.

With six of his nine Home Runs and 16 of his 27 RBI coming in the last 21 games, it would not surprise me to see Brown bat more often in the 5-hole behind vs. any opposing team’s right-handed pitching. If only the rest of the Phillies could be producing like Brown has been lately, there would be another chance to win an NL East Division like shown here. The ‘Phightins’ have a chance to draw even with the Nationals today – and claim a record of .500 once again at 25 – 25.

By Chris Creighton (Phillies Correspondent via http://www.warrroomphilly.com – visit the website here

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.

Domonic Brown / May 25, 2013 vs. Washington

Pitch (count) R/O Batter Pitcher
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)

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/26/2013.

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.

Domonic Brown / Statistics from April 30, 2013
Rk Date AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
26 Apr 30 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .233 .309 .372 .681
May AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
27 May 1 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .244 .317 .378 .695
28 May 2 4 2 3 0 0 1 2 0 0 .266 .333 .426 .759
29 May 3 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 .268 .333 .454 .787
30 May 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .260 .324 .440 .764
31 May 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250 .313 .423 .736
32 May 6 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 .250 .311 .444 .755
33 May 7 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .239 .298 .425 .723
34 May 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .235 .294 .417 .711
35 May 9 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 .244 .300 .429 .729
36 May 10 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .244 .299 .423 .721
37 May 11 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .244 .297 .417 .714
38 May 12 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .250 .301 .417 .717
39 May 14 4 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 .257 .306 .441 .747
40 May 15 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .298 .429 .727
41 May 17 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .243 .290 .417 .707
42 May 18 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .296 .426 .721
43 May 19 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .243 .288 .414 .703
44 May 20 4 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 .250 .293 .436 .729
45 May 21 5 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 .248 .291 .435 .725
46 May 22 4 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 .248 .290 .442 .732
47 May 24 3 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .256 .296 .446 .743
48 May 25 4 1 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 .262 .301 .471 .771
Season Totals 172 19 45 7 1 9 27 9 32 .262 .301 .471 .771
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/26/2013.

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.

Either way, if he remains in the 6th spot in the lineup, Domonic Larun Brown will bolster the middle of this Phillies lineup if he can continue to drive the ball with regularity. As I always explain hitting to those who'll listen as having so much to do with "who's up next", Brown's bashing will help Delmon Young see better pitches. If Delmon Young can also begin to get hot, the domino-effect would hopefully then fall to Howard. It's no fluke that Young has done his own mini-mashing over the past four games following Brown's 8-for-20 torrent over the previous five, perhaps making this writer eat some crow:

Either way, if he remains in the 6th spot in the lineup, Domonic Larun Brown will bolster the middle of this Phillies lineup if he can continue to drive the ball with regularity. As I always explain hitting to those who’ll listen as having so much to do with “who’s up next”, Brown’s bashing will help Delmon Young see better pitches. If Delmon Young can also begin to get hot, the domino-effect would hopefully then fall to Howard. It’s no fluke that Young has done his own mini-mashing over the past four games following Brown’s 8-for-20 torrent over the previous five, perhaps making this writer eat some crow.  Brown is hitting for a 3 Slash of .262/.301/.771 – with 9 HRs and 27 RBI in 172 AB for the 2013 campaign.  He is on pace for about 30 HRs and 90+ RBI if he plays every game out the rest of the way.

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I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker

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