I like him a lot. He's a battler and he keeps you in games. He's given up more hits than any pitcher in the league but when he gets going he wears you down with ground balls. Go look at his May and June game charts; He had a run where in 8 of 9 starts he had more GB's than FB's. He followed that up with two starts where he allowed one more FB than GB, then ran off 4 more where GB's dominated. Bulldog Maddux used to do stuff like that.
He's also failed to go 5 innings in just 3 starts all season. If 5/2 or 6/3 is the modern Quality Start, then he's done it 16 times in 23 starts.
Healy has hit 93 in OPS+. Heck, he may get to 89 before Cano gets here. He's 6 for his last 52 by my count. Really, Servais should have rolled Vogs out there for several games in a row just to see if he was an improvement. Somebody please get the scoop on why the suits hate Vogelbach so much. In July he hit .383-.493-.583. Really. That's not hot enough to get some MLB starts? The originator of Billy Ball let Healy go, I will remind you. Why? He doesn't walk. Servais and Dipoto ramble about the value of CtZ but don't really apply it on a day to day level. Healy has had 391 PA this season, he's walked 15 times. Vogs has has 79 and walked 11 times. He's BB-ing in nearly 20% of his AAA PA's. OK, I know he has limits but isn't the point of AAA to see who's got MLB skills? Well, I suppose it is now moot, with Cano about here, but all the same! We were terrible offensively in July, a bat at 1B wouldn't have been bad. Or at least a several game roll of the dice. Anybody ever see the movie "Slapshot?" Did Vogs bring his race cars like the Hanson brothers?
Kyle Seager must be the poster child for the shift. It has impacted him nearly across the board. Sure, he's on track for a career low BA , but where you can really see the impact of the shift is in other numbers. For example, from '11-'16 his BABIP never dipped below .278 and never rose above .303 (which was a partial rookie year). He lived at .290. Then last season it fell to .262 and this year it is at .252. He's on track for a career low in BB's and a career high in K's. His career Eye was .46 but has crashed to .27 this season. Pitchers have changed their strategy to take advantage of the shift. Last season his BA dropped 20 pts over the previous 3 seasons and it has dropped 20 more pts this season. There are AB's where any butcher-boy slap at the ball down the left side is an automatic single but I don't see him trying to adjust.
It is entirely possible that the new Seager is a sort of .240/26 HR/100 OPS bat. There is value there, for sure.....but that's just not the heyday Seager of '14-'16.
Gordon: His current season is almost a mirror image of his dismal (at the plate) '16 season. His '15 and '17 seasons were both years in which he hit well over .300, however. Can somebody just go change the calendar in his locker, switching it to an even-numbered year?