About Last Night: Brian McCann

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:

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And here is his bases clearing triple off reliever Brett Cecil was on the fourth pitch of the at bat:

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It’s slightly amusing that McCann’s hot zones last night were actually out of the strike zone:

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And that his cold zone was right in the middle of the plate:

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But one thing about McCann that you can almost always count on is his ability to pull the ball:

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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]

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money and is co-host of the It's About The Yankees, Stupid podcast. When she's not blogging about baseball, she's blogging about the New York Knicks and when she's not doing either of those things, she's tweeting about General Hospital and her cats.

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