It seems like every night, Joe Girardi pencils Carlos Beltran into the third spot of the lineup and every night, Yankee fans are left to wonder why. Sure, we're only nine games into the season, but Beltran hasn't showed us much of anything yet and maybe, he'd be better served batting somewhere else. Like Siberia. Kidding! So this on this much-needed off day, I thought it would be fun, or, quite possibly, painful to look at Beltran's first nine games in a series of nine pictures (mostly heat maps) just so we can see just how badly he's performing so far.
His strikeouts (K rate 21.1%):
His walks (BB rate 5.3%):
His six hits:
Two singles (one from each side):
Beltran's outs (26.7 K%):
Beltran against lefties:
What does this all add up to?
- Beltran has an overall slash line of .171/.211/.286/.496.
- He has a slash line of .200/.273/.300/.573 against lefties with a K% of 36.4.
- He has a slash line of .160/.185/.280/.465 against righties with a K% of 14.8.
- In the four at bats when he's hit a line drive, his slash line is .750/.600/1.250/1.850.
- In the 14 at bats when he's hit a fly ball, his slash line is .143/.143/.286/.429.
- He's batting .111/.111/.111/.222 in the nine at bats that resulted in a ground ball.
- He's had the most "success" so far this season against fastballs batting .278/.316/.444/.760.
And one final picture to illustrate Beltran's first nine games: