The pitcher who said, “It’s funny”, the hard hit rate is at the bottom, but it’s a 40% challenge?

Posted Posted onJune 14, 2023 Comments0

On the 13th (hereinafter Korean time), when Miami Marlins Luis Araez went 4 at-bats without a hit, ESPN said, ‘Something very strange happened in Seattle tonight. Marlins second baseman Araez failed to get a hit.”

Araez went 0-for-4 in the game against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park that day.

It was his 11th all season and only nine games since the last three against the Oakland Athletics that he has not hit.

Araez is receiving extraordinary attention because he is challenging a .400 batting average. 40% is a number that has been lost for 81 years since Ted Williams (0.406) of the Boston Red Sox in 1941 until last year. The closest hitter since Williams to reach .400 was Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres in 1994. That year, he won his fifth career batting title with a 0.394.

New York Yankees Joe DiMaggio’s batting average of 40% along with토토사이트 the 56-game hitting streak achieved in the same year is considered impregnable to come back from in the major leagues. Many legends have stepped out to step on this unconquerable height, but they have slipped every time.

Araez’s batting average, which had risen to 0.403, fell to 0.397 as he only went 1 hit in 5 at-bats against the Chicago White Sox on the 12th, and fell further to 0.391 in the Seattle game that day. Now, if you hit 2 or 3 hits in a game, your batting average rises by more than 5 li, but it becomes much more difficult to raise the batting average that fell as you go into the second half of the season.

Then, what does Araez, the person concerned, think of the .400 batting average? He said in an ESPN interview after completing three consecutive games against the White Sox on the 12th, “It’s a huge record for me. I’m hitting 400. It’s only June. I want to hit like now. Our team is doing well now, so I I want to help,” he said.

It can’t be a burden though. “It’s funny how everyone talks about me,” Araez said. “Social media is the worst thing for me. People send me tons of texts and DMs. I don’t want to know, but the fans write down the batting average every time. Send it. I can’t know.”

Araez’s batting average is the concern of all fans and field leaders. Miami manager Skip Shoemaker said, “Batting average is still important to hitters. When I was a player, I wanted the number 3 to be put in front of my name. Hitting 300 was very special. Even though OPS is a trend these days, hitters don’t want batting average. He knows exactly when he goes to bat. Of course, you know Araez’s batting average, right?”

Interestingly, Araez is never a hard-hitting hitter. According to Statcast, out of 153 players with a batting average of 30% or higher since 2015, only 7 players have a hard hit (exit velocity of 95 mph or more) less than 25%.

Araez’s hard hit rate this season is 23.4%, which is 256th out of 263 players who have filled at-bats. It means bottom level. Aaron Judge ranks first with 62.6 percent, followed by Toronto Blue Jays’ Matt Chapman with 61.3 percent. Los Angeles Dodgers’ Freddy Freeman, who is second in batting average after Araez, is 78th with 45.2%.

Araez’s average exit velocity is 88.1 mph, ranking 181st, also at the bottom. Judge is first with 97.2 miles, and San Diego’s Juan Soto, who is second to none in terms of accuracy, is 14th overall with 92.8 miles. The difference in exit velocity between Judge and Araez is a whopping 9.1 miles. If you hit it with a pitcher’s ball, it’s the difference between a fastball and a slider.

Usually, hitters who hit a lot of hard balls have a high batting average. It makes sense. Nevertheless, Araez’s ability to produce hits is good because the bat does not go out on bad balls and he hits the ball he is trying to hit accurately. Thanks to this, the batted ball is blown evenly regardless of left and right.

“He doesn’t swing,” White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger said. ” he complained.


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