We all bear in mind second-baseman, Ozzie Albies, sizzling incredibly hot start off to the time last yr for the Atlanta Braves. He not only played great protection, but Albies confirmed off some extremely extraordinary electricity that many of us weren’t expecting. On the other hand, can he do it all over again in 2019?
The 2018 Atlanta Braves time commenced off as many of us would have envisioned. We understood Ronald Acuna, Jr. would be held back for awhile, so there was not considerably surprise there. Freddie Freeman, of course, came out of the gate incredibly hot – nope, no surprise there. You could say Nick Markakis start off to the time was a bit of a surprise – which actually led to one particular of his most effective seasons.
So there might’ve been a couple of surprises in the initial thirty day period or so of the time, but practically nothing seriously in comparison to the stunning start off of Ozzie Albies. His initial two total months of the 2018 time ended up about as superior as it receives, particularly for a player who had only played in 57 total Main League video games.
Ozzie Albies played in 56 video games (261 PA) from Opening Day of 2018 up to Could 31st. He produced the complete most out of individuals initial 56 video games by hitting 14 property runs and 16 doubles.
Likely into June, Albies was sporting a .276 batting common with a .535 slugging proportion to boot. What was awesome – and would afterwards create as a trouble – is that Albies only had 15 walks in that span.
He was swinging at anything and hitting just about anything also. That initial thirty day period of 2018 seemed to be a promising start off for Albies, no matter of him cooling off down the extend – it still was distinctive.
I bear in mind in the course of that spectacular early-time extend for Albies that it seemed like the best of the Atlanta Braves lineup was unstoppable, and pretty much just about every sport Atlanta would score runs rapidly. Albies was generally the key contributor to the Braves’ initial-inning success.
I believe that FOXSports even periodically displayed a graphic in the course of the broadcast that confirmed just how successful Albies was in the initial inning of video games. I checked back at his player page on Fangraphs to refresh my memory:
Ozzie Albies (March-Could) Initially Inning Stats:
- 56 PA
- .382 BA
- 1.211 OPS
- 221 wRC+
- 6 HR
- 4 doubles
- 1 triple
Also in that split, Albies had a tricky-strike% of 41.5%
For some cause Albies just had a knack for crushing pitches in his initial at-bats at the start off of the time. He was a key instance of how an ultra-aggressive tactic at the plate can consequence in quick-expression beneficial, but likely extended-expression troubles, as we all noticed what happened as the time progressed – pitchers commenced figuring him out.
That start off to the time by Albies played a massive component in the Atlanta Braves success last time. He was not only terrific for individuals initial two months, as he still managed to publish a 100 and 107 wRC+ in June and July respectively.
Regretably, it was inevitable that his incredibly hot streak would end. It’s clear that pitchers commenced forcing him to chase and they commenced taking part in to his aggressiveness. The strikeouts commenced piling up and the walks ended up even fewer and farther concerning. Albies second fifty percent was night and working day in comparison to his initial fifty percent of the time:
Albies (1st Half):
Albies (2nd Half):
On the lookout ahead
The 22-yr-aged still had a terrific 2018 marketing campaign, there’s no question about that, but it will be completely essential that Albies adjusts his system at the plate in 2019.
He’s not likely to have the gain this yr of being a new face for pitchers to have to consider and figure out. There is a reserve on Ozzie now, and just about every team in the majors will be entirely mindful of his earlier tendencies.
I would presume that the Atlanta Braves team know this. Undoubtedly, they ended up equipped to discover the reasoning for his drastic regression just after the All-Star crack. I’m positive Braves hitting coach, Kevin Seitzer, has a program in put to get Albies off on the appropriate foot, and not just to carry out nicely at the start off, but to also maintain a strong general performance through the length of the 2019 time.
For the simple truth that Albies’ struggles ended up just so dang clear just after the initial fifty percent, I predict a big time from the younger second baseman. If he took just about anything from his 2018 time, it ought to be that he will have to normally be eager to make adjustments.
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Therefore, lets hope he does just that, as a strong start off to the time by Albies will most definitely aid to make certain a strong start for the Atlanta Braves. The talent that he has does not come all over extremely typically, so I’m at least extremely optimistic that he can not just repeat last season’s general performance, but potentially even end stronger.