Brian McCann is not having a good season and he would probably be the first person to tell you that.
Heading into last night’s game, McCann was batting .220/.278/.345/.623 with seven home runs, 28 RBI, 15 walks and 34 strikeouts. Even worse, his numbers in June were a dreadful .174/.240/.196/.436. He hadn’t hit a home run – in fact, his last round tripper was on 5/23 against the White Sox – he only had one extra base hit - a double he hit against Jeremy Guthrie in Kansas City on June 6 – he had 10 strikeouts to go along with four walks and his ISO, which measures how well a player is at hitting for extra bases, was an abysmal .022. (On the Fangraphs ISO scale an .080 is considered awful.)
Thanks to last night’s performance – he was 2-3 with a triple, a home run and a walk – McCann’s season numbers are now .226/.286/.372/.657 which are still pretty bad but maybe this sort of show at the plate will get him and his numbers moving in the right direction.
Here’s a look at McCann’s home run, which he hit off starter Mark Buehrle, came on the 10th pitch of the at bat:
And here is his bases clearing triple off reliever Brett Cecil was on the fourth pitch of the at bat:
It’s slightly amusing that McCann’s hot zones last night were actually out of the strike zone:
And that his cold zone was right in the middle of the plate:
But one thing about McCann that you can almost always count on is his ability to pull the ball:
Anyway, we’ve seen this sort of thing before where McCann will have a good game and everyone thinks/hopes he’s turning a corner but it just hasn’t happened yet. Maybe this will be the turning point of the season.
[Charts and numbers courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info]