I know, I know, when is the last time you heard someone complain about a guy batting .425? Well, you're hearing it right now.
The man formerly known as Big Daddy Vladdy has been a major drag on our offense this year and I am beginning to wonder when (if ever) he is going to snap out of it. The way I remember it, he tailed off as the regular season wound down and, of course, famously disappeared for the entire playoffs.
The dude is in a 7-month slump.
Now I haven't seen all of his 40 at bats this year, but from what I have seen, he is just not getting good wood on the ball. He has only one extra base hit and that came on his only homer on opening day. (OK, one ball was hit so hard off the leftfield wall that it was only a single.)
The vast majority of the hits I have seen have been pure luck. The guy has got to have the league's worms running scared this year with his collection of ground-pounding bouncers squeaking through the infield.
And it seems like none of those hit-'em-where-they-ain't bloopers and bleeders come at opportune times. How do you hit .425 and have only 5 RBIs?
I'm also worried when the guy strikes out 25% of the time. When are all the announcers (home and away) going to stop saying how he rarely strikes out?
I understand that he has gone through an unimaginable situation with the death of his cousins, and I am wondering if he is having a hard time keeping his mind on baseball. You certainly couldn't blame him if he was.
All I know is, something is not right. Hopefully that changes soon or the Angels are going to be in worse trouble than anybody ever imagined this year. They need Vladdy.