Are certain hitting styles more predictable of next season success? Domonic Brown's changed his patient approach in May and started swinging for the fences. His aggressive at-bats led to an offensive juggernaut. Should once touted prospect Brandon Belt revitalize his approach too? Biogenesis suspensions are seriously looming on the horizon now that Bosch will testify against some MLB players.
Previously on Beyond the Box Score
OBP, SLG, and the Variability of Seasons by Stephen Loftus | Beyond the Box Score
Baseball seasons come with a certain amount of variability. How could we answer whether certain hitting styles lead to more variable seasons?
Revisiting Domonic Brown, Considering Brandon Belt by Andrew Shen | Beyond the Box Score
As an avid Phillies fan, I've been rooting for my favorite player on the team, Domonic Brown, to succeed for quite some time now. His explosive May might be an indication of the once top prospect finally feeling completely healthy, settling down and not having to worry about playing time. Brandon Belt has been in a similar situation. Both players are often praised for their patience at the plate until Brown completely changed his approach that led to his unbelievable offensive outburst. Andrew puts together an excellent article wondering if Belt should consider a similarly aggressive approach.
Around the Sabersphere
The Angels Hit Rock Bottom by Dave Cameron | FanGraphs Baseball
The Astros just swept the Angels and have beaten them in seven of ten contests. Oakland, Boston, Detroit, Texas, New York and Cleveland have played the Astros a combined 28 games and have only been beaten by Houston four times. The Angels are not performing as well as they should be. At some point, their bats are going to come alive but will it be too late?
Around SB Nation
Miguel Cabrera, Buster Posey lead the pack in early MLB All-Star voting by Nathan Aderhold | SBNation.com
The early ballots for both the AL and NL are in. Not too many surprises but Brandon Belt is second in the NL first basemen voting and Brandon Crawford is second behind Tulo for shortstop! San Francisco fans are really turning in those ballots.
Biogenesis: Suspensions are coming, but no one looks good by Steven Goldman | SBNation.com
Suspensions may be on the way due to Tony Bosch's impending testimonies against MLB players who were listed in the Biogenesis documents. The right to confront your accuser will come into play in a big way.
Outside the Sabersphere
The Mad Men Treadmill by Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Atlantic
Breaking Bad and Mad Men are in a constant battle for being deemed my favorite TV show. I'm sure I'm not the only one in that predicament with these two. This sixth season has been quite incredible, especially with the constant references to Dante's Inferno and its character's breakdowns set against the cultural breakdown and chaos of America in the late 1960's. This review from the Atlantic believes that the show is teetering too far off its course. I don't agree but it's interesting to see a different perspective.