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Re: Chase Utley's slump

Postby NZ Eff » Mon Jun 23, 2008 4:26 pm

I've seen Utley play a lot this year and he does generate exceptional power for such a short compact swing. The problem I have with him is I see him as very much a one dimensional hitter.

Every HR he has hit this year without exception has been a line drive to right field or centre/right field.
He hits nothing the opposite way at all. Nothing wrong with that if you can do it consistently but he can't.

His first 122 AB's this season he hits 13 HR's with a .369 BA :-L
He then hit just 1 HR in his next 72 AB's with a .200 BA %-6
Then he goes on another tear. 7 Hr's in 8 games to give him 21 for the year on June 2nd 8-o
Since then he has been stone cold. .190 BA and just the 1 dinger !+)

Roto no problem at all but H2H a potential killer.
Anyone that traded for this guy in early June in any league format must be close to slitting their wrists.
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Re: Chase Utley's slump

Postby Yoda » Mon Jun 23, 2008 4:30 pm

Pretty clear he is just trying to hit HRs right now. His FB is way up this year versus GB.
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Re: Chase Utley's slump

Postby Snakes Gould » Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:38 pm

Yoda wrote:Pretty clear he is just trying to hit HRs right now. His FB is way up this year versus GB.


thats certainly not true at all if you watch him play. he may be trying to pull the ball every time, but hes not swinging for the fences. in fact, it seems like he rarely swings for the fences. his homers just sort of happen, as opposed to someone say, ryan howard, who you can tell is swinging for the long ball.
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Re: Chase Utley's slump

Postby Yoda » Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:59 pm

Snakes Gould wrote:
Yoda wrote:Pretty clear he is just trying to hit HRs right now. His FB is way up this year versus GB.


thats certainly not true at all if you watch him play. he may be trying to pull the ball every time, but hes not swinging for the fences. in fact, it seems like he rarely swings for the fences. his homers just sort of happen, as opposed to someone say, ryan howard, who you can tell is swinging for the long ball.


Then how would you explain his high FB% this year compared to his career average? Maybe he is not swinging for the fences but he is certainly hitting a lot more balls in the air.
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Re: Chase Utley's slump

Postby Snakes Gould » Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:13 pm

Yoda wrote:
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Yoda wrote:Pretty clear he is just trying to hit HRs right now. His FB is way up this year versus GB.


thats certainly not true at all if you watch him play. he may be trying to pull the ball every time, but hes not swinging for the fences. in fact, it seems like he rarely swings for the fences. his homers just sort of happen, as opposed to someone say, ryan howard, who you can tell is swinging for the long ball.


Then how would you explain his high FB% this year compared to his career average? Maybe he is not swinging for the fences but he is certainly hitting a lot more balls in the air.


that just seems like hes getting under pitches. to me, it seems like hes trying to compensate for the fact that he usually ALWAYS was on top of breaking pitches, causing him to miss them badly or drive them right into the ground.
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Re: Chase Utley's slump

Postby Guzman24 » Fri Jul 25, 2008 9:02 pm

Maybe time to bump this again?
This "slump" is starting to get a bit much.

I mean come on? He's been hitting about .250 since the beginning of May and no one dares to say anything because he's Chase "Friggin" Utley ;-7

He sure isn't looking like the undisputed best 2B in baseball and hasn't looked that way for quite some time now. Coincedentally, this slump all started right after I traded for him.

Guess I'm to blame :-b

He does look completely lost at the plate right now though. Any thoughts?
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