Smoak Splits

I don’t usually post much on Sunday. I try to keep it to Church and family. Once in awhile I’ll post some stuff on twitter.

People began talking about Smoak and him being moved somewhere else in the batting order. Here is how he current breaks down.

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO BA OBP SLG TB GDP HBP IBB BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
Batting 3rd 150 30 7 0 7 17 30 .227 .320 .439 58 5 1 3 .242 101 91
Batting 4th 66 9 4 0 0 9 14 .164 .273 .236 13 1 0 0 .209 38 32
Batting 5th 120 29 9 0 5 16 25 .284 .375 .520 53 2 0 1 .324 137 142

I’m not really big into line-up order and players needing to hit in specific positions so long as they can produce. I generally account stuff like struggles in specific positions, such as this, to mental issues. I think that’s important to look at the BABIP and see that some of this is luck driven.

I get that Smoak has struggled immensely but I don’t buy into the fact he needs to be moved out of the whole. His LD% over the last few months has steadily increased while his BABIP has decreased. See below.

LD% BABIP SwgStrikes
April 12.3% 0.321 9.2%
May 11.6% 0.277 11.6%
June 12.8% 0.230 8.1%
July 16.7% 0.167 11.5%

Smoak to a degree has swung at some bat pitches and put himself in bad situations but to another degree he has just had some bad luck. The Mariners don’t need to be shuffling their already ravaged offense, they just need to give these guys some time to work things out.

I think Smoak is going to come out of this slump and in a big way, hopefully that happens soon.

Tags: Justin Smoak

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