An Arbitrary Endpoint and A Perfectly Irrational Explanation
As promised earlier on Twitter, here is a quick diversion on this night of no Brewers baseball.
Opening Day 2013 saw the following factual things occur.
- Rickie Weeks went 2-for-4 at the plate.
- Rickie Weeks scored two runs.
- Rickie Weeks stole a base.
- Rickie Weeks was hit by a pitch.
Weeks would end the day with a .500 batting average and a .600 OBP. The hangover would last a couple of days and on the third day of the season, Weeks got three more hits to finish at a high water mark of .545/.643/.909 on the early season.
But the fall from the heights was swift, complete, and drastic.
Including April 2nd and May 28th, Rickie Weeks slashed .171/.273/.268 (.541 OPS) while striking out 56 times in 164 AB. In that same window of time, Rickie Weeks was hit by exactly zero pitches.
Weeks lost his every day job, splitting some time with with Jeff Bianchi and others. It was brutal. Nothing seemed to make sense. Inexplicable was tossed around a lot.
Then, on May 29th, the following factual things occurred.
- Rickie Weeks was 1-for-3 at the plate.
- Rickie Weeks got hit by a pitch.
Now you can point to a still-blossoming seven-game hit streak that was four games in already but to be fair May 28th was a 1-for-6 performance that dropped even Weeks’ average fractions of a point.
Here now, presented with only one further comment, is Rickie Weeks’ statistical slash line from May 29th to the completion of the series in Cincinnati.
.371/.450/.886 (1.336 OPS)
The key is obviously the hit-by-pitch he suffered. Rickie Weeks is a man who thrives on consistency. As the active leader in hit-by-pitches, Rickie Weeks was obviously thrown off his game when pitchers weren’t hitting him. Now that he got plunked and had his wiring resent, he’s been better off for it.
So thank you, Samuel Deduno, for barely being able to control your pitches. While you hit Jean Segura on the hand, scaring the hell out of the Brewer Nation at the time, and you also unnecessarily plunked Norichika Aoki on the same night, your errant pill fired at the veteran second baseman obviously is saving his season.