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 The 2018 MVP is off to a brutal start. 
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Bericht The 2018 MVP is off to a brutal start.
Quite frankly http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , it has been brutal watching the 2018 American League MVP to start this season. He’s had some good swings, of course, but for the most part he’s been a total non-factor. Through 19 games and 82 plate appearances, Betts is hitting just .200/.305/.371 for a 78 wRC+. In other words, through the 12 percent of the year he’s been the equivalent of 2018 Eduardo N t the plate. Anyone who watched last year knows that’s not the most flattering comparison. It’s not even just the numbers that are disappointing for Betts. At this point in the year, with the small samples being dealt with, numbers can be extremely misleading. It wouldn’t be out of the question that he’d have a 78 wRC+ largely thanks to some well-hit balls being hit directly at the defense. That’s not happening here, and anyone watching these games know this isn’t simply a matter of a superstar running into some bad luck. To put it simply, Betts looks lost every time he’s come to the plate right now.Sign up for FanPulse and make sure your voice is heard!Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty ImagesThis is far from an original and novel point, but the biggest issue here for Betts so far is his approach at the plate. Even in 2018 he wasn’t the most aggressive hitter, but he was much more aggressive than he had been in the past. So far in 2019, he’s trending back in the wrong direction and allowing hittable pitches go by. According to Baseball Prospectus, 193 players have seen at least 200 pitches in 2019 (Betts has seen 344). Of those hitters http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , only seven have swung the bat at a lower rate than Betts. Furthermore, only nine have swung at a lower rate on pitches in the zone. Obviously not every pitch in the zone is created equally, but this is certainly not a good sign.If you’ve been watching him, you know that he’s been essentially inviting pitchers to throw free strikes on the first pitch, particularly early in games. He’s taking all the way on these pitches, which has led to too many 0-1 counts. He’s had an 0-1 count in about 40 percent of his at bats and he’s put up a .238 OPS in those situations. Compare that to last year when he put up a whopping 1.040 OPS after being down 0-1. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty ImagesAdditionally, he’s just not jumping on fastballs, as pitchers are throwing more fastballs to Betts than any year since his first in the majors but he’s swinging at them at the lowest rate of his career. We know these are the pitches he’s taken advantage of over his entire career. It’s jarring to see him struggle so much with them right now. This gets back to the issue of the first pitch, too, because 68 percent of the first pitches he’s seen have been either four-seam or two-seam fastballs. He is swinging at just 11 percent of these first pitches he’s seeing, and to this point he has yet to put any of them in the air in fair territory. Betts doesn’t have to be doing damage on every first pitch, obviously, but these numbers indicate it’s not even a possibility right now.With the way things have gone so far Willie McCovey Jersey , Betts simply looks like a guy who is out of rhythm and losing confidence. This isn’t the quietly cocky player we saw all of last year who just exuded confidence that he was going to do damage every time he came to the plate. The fix to that is, well, it’s above my pay grade. It feels like a situation where the guy just needs to back into a big game and really find something to build off. Betts is too talented to stay down for too long, but right now he’s brutal to watch. Just like the team as a whole. The system’s top talent is expected to be down 4-6 weeks, missing the Arizona Fall League"Reds top prospect Nick Senzel has spent the last month or so out in Arizona taking part in the Reds instruction league, where he’s been getting some run in the outfield in order to insure peak positional versatility for the Reds in 2019. And the early review have been pretty great, as relayed from The Athletic’s C. Trent Rosecrans:As it turns out, however, he was only fielding in the instructional leagues, and not hitting. Bobby Nightengale over that the Enquirer broke the news today that Nick Senzel has been dealing with a sore left elbow and, because of that, will require a procedure to remove some bone spurs.It’s been a tough year for Senzel, as he saw only 193 plate appearances in the minor leagues this season while dealing with a couple of different ailments. He missed most of the month of May dealing with symptoms from vertigo (something that also caused him to miss games in 2017) and Mel Ott Jersey , then, he missed the final two months of the season after fracturing an index finger.Finally healthy, the Reds sent Senzel to instructional leagues to get him some run in the outfield and, apparently the plan was to keep that rolling into the Arizona Fall League. Unfortunately, lingering pain in the elbow became too much to continue playing through and Nick and the team have opted to get the situation cleaned up. He’ll miss four to six weeks of the offseason program, but is expected to be perfectly fine come Spring Training.None of this really spells doom for the team’s hopes of finally, finally putting out a competitive product in 2019, but it’s becoming concerning to see the injuries begin to pile up on the Reds best position prospect in some time. It has to be extremely frustrating for Nick and the team. I guess the best hope is that everything sorts itself out now, in October of another lost year, rather than, say, July of 2019.

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