Sunday, June 26, 2011

More Amazing Delmon Young facts and figures

First, a quote from the man in question after last night's ankle wrecking collision with the wall.
"I don't know what it is this year, but it happens. None of us want to get hurt," Young said. "It's boring on the DL. It's boring rehabbing."
I have to say, that is the longest ever quote I have ever heard from him. Opening up to the media at long last! Anywho. Back to the stats that blew even me away. Me the ardent and unhealthy Delmon Young supporter. To wit:
I Split G GS PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB ROE BAbip tOPS+

April/March 103 98 406 377 46 93 16 1 6 45 12 5 23 71 .247 .288 .342 .630 129 16 1 0 5 0 7 .285 70

May 111 103 442 404 49 103 18 3 7 49 4 2 30 90 .255 .308 .366 .674 148 11 3 0 5 3 5 .308 82

June 117 114 464 451 55 141 28 0 10 71 5 3 9 78 .313 .325 .441 .767 199 18 1 0 3 1 3 .358 105

July 88 85 364 340 42 124 28 2 9 60 5 2 12 52 .365 .393 .538 .931 183 5 7 0 5 2 3 .405 149

August 108 103 445 417 56 112 21 0 13 62 2 1 16 75 .269 .300 .412 .712 172 17 5 1 6 4 4 .296 90

Sept/Oct 133 131 560 529 61 155 34 2 16 77 6 6 20 102 .293 .323 .456 .779 241 15 6 0 5 5 4 .334 108

Holy Mackerel!If those numbers are a bit tough to decipher, they can be found at Baseball-Reference. They are his career splits from month to month. Through his career, he has always been awful in the first two months of his season. He improves dramatically later. Like, he becomes transcendent. A .365 CAREER batting average in July?! Kept down are his total games played because he was benched frequently his first two years here because he was given up on after those first two abysmal months.
Most of his home runs and RBI come late in the year too. His power stroke comes around in August and really takes off in September.
What am I trying to say? A little patience with Young goes a long way. I have always said that this team needs to get more right handed, and I hope he can stick around, and the team and fans can be patient with him. I will always cheer for him, and any team that has the patience to wait for his bat to come around, even if his days with the Twins are over.

(As for his fielding, no matter how it looks, he is INFINITELY better than Kubel and Cuddyer. Sure, he doesn't look that fast, but he IS much faster than both, especially Kubel. Let me ask you this. If a player gets to 10 more balls but drops 5 of them, doesn't he STILL make 5 more outs? Young is a better outfielder, plain and simple. Parenthesees over)

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