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Michael Saunders hates August


After a career-resurrecting, beginning to the season, Michael Saunders's numbers have regressed to below average. As of 8/16/12 he's batting .237/.290/.386. Going from smelling like a savory pumpkin pie, his numbers have ventured into overdone asparagus territory. It's not the stinky cabbage aura that Figgins's numbers give off, but it's discouraging.

Let's take a look at the season splits

2012

PA

BB%

K%

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS

ISO

BABIP

wRC+

Mar/Apr

80

11.3%

26.3%

0.254

0.338

0.493

0.830

0.239

0.319

135

May

110

9.1%

27.3%

0.242

0.309

0.343

0.653

0.101

0.333

83

Jun

95

5.3%

17.9%

0.278

0.316

0.467

0.782

0.189

0.304

121

Jul

95

5.3%

24.2%

0.256

0.295

0.389

0.684

0.133

0.323

94

Aug

65

1.5%

24.6%

0.194

0.219

0.387

0.606

0.194

0.209

67

The biggest worrying trends are the decrease in walk rate, increase in strikeouts, and loss of power. So far August reeks of rotten Durian fruit. Ewww.

His 2010 numbers offer some hope that Saunders just really really hates August. I'm hoping it's mostly pitchers adjusting to Saunders and not regression to bad habits.

2010

PA

BB%

K%

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS

ISO

BABIP

wRC+

May

44

6.8%

34.1%

0.220

0.273

0.415

0.687

0.195

0.292

80

Jun

71

7.0%

28.2%

0.215

0.271

0.492

0.764

0.277

0.225

109

Jul

80

13.8%

20.0%

0.279

0.380

0.382

0.762

0.103

0.353

118

Aug

44

9.1%

27.3%

0.128

0.205

0.231

0.435

0.103

0.179

9

Sept/Oct

48

13.6%

23.9%

0.184

0.295

0.289

0.585

0.105

0.226

74

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