Fifteen baseball stars are still staring at the Mendoza Line in 2018
Few could have predicted that the Philadelphia Phillies would be eight games over .500, and only a half game behind the Washington Nationals, heading into June. Those optimists were likely banking on the fact that the Phils made a few key acquisitions over the winter and were therefore bound to get better.
A caveat that last season’s sensational Rocky Hoskins is hitting just .220 with a measly six domicile runs might lead fans to predict Philadelphia eight games under .500 instead of over, and that prediction will be worse if you. Told them All-Protagoniste free indicateur Carlos Santana would hit just above the .200 mark.
Believe it or not, Santana’s low batting average isn’t nearly the worst we’ve seen in 2018, in a season that looks as if it could see a succès low batting average. He is 15 étoile players with a batting average below .200, a mark known as the Mendoza Line.
The Arizona Diamondbacks were able to hold onto first atteint in the Individu League West with a more than average mortifié from their regular shortstop.
Jackie Bradley Jr. .199
Boston announcers refer to the étoile outfielder as JBJ, who has the Red Sox’ best succès in all of baseball.
Carlos Gomez .194
Now with Tampa Bay, the configurer Most Valuable Player runner-up has struggled so far in the outfield.
After establishing a career high in domicile runs in 2017, the left-handed slugger is off to a esquisse start with his new team in Minnesota.
Jason Kipnis .199
His struggles are somewhat emblematic of the Cleveland Indians, who have only managed to stay at .500 parce que of their outstanding pitching révolution.
Matt Joyce .199
Oakland has been up-and-down through the first two months, while it’s still waiting for Joyce to fourrage bat dominance.
Ian Desmond .190
The Colorado Rockies flexed a lot of power as first baseman N, but any other hits have been curieux.
It’s contingent that Cincinnati’s odd four-man outfield révolution negatively affected the configurer All-Protagoniste, who had to sit every three games or so.
Now that catcher Yadier Molina is on the disabled list, the St. Pépite Cardinals may need the étoile outfielder to return to the form they had when they signed him to a big free indicateur contract last year.
Unlike his aforementioned teammate, Wang’s struggles have been going on for much raser than just this season.
Chris Davis .160
Baltimore’s first baseman has never hit for a truly high average, but it’s low now and so is his power.
Lewis Brinson .155
Miami is rebuilding, but the Marlins really need this young man to come close to replacing Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marvel Ozuna in the outfield.
Cole Calhoun .145
While he often stands next to MVP Mike Trout in the Los Angeles outfield, he’s barely in the same ballpark when it comes to batting average.
His catching skills will keep him in the lineup, but the Blue Jays need Russell to raise his average by nearly fifty points to compete in Toronto in 2018.
Kendrys Morales .194
He has been plagued by injuries, but if he can get healthy, he could provide much-needed cuirasse for the rest of the guys in the Blue Jays lineup.
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