ESPN Pours Some Cold Water on Your Chase Utley Boner

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Dammit, I was just going to full throttle for the 2012 season, too. But this halted things, immediately.

Chase Utley struggled last year: .259 AVG, .344 OBP, .425 SLG, 11 home runs and 44 RBI. All of those numbers were down from 2010… which were all down from 2009, partially because he was hurt in both 2010 and 2011, playing only a combined 218 (out of 324) regular season games.  

Not good. 

ESPN’s SweetSpot blog went a little deeper, looking at Utley’s success against left-handed pitchers last year. The image on the left contains Chase’s power zones against lefties in 2009-2010. The image on the right shows his power zones against lefties in 2011, a year in which he batted only .187 with two home runs against lefties. 

[via ESPN]

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Pitchers and catchers, Sunday! Phillies will play Florida State University in just 12 days, on February 29. Whoop, boner’s back…

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17 Responses

  1. Ill see how he does in a full season while playing healthy before Im ready to throw away one of the guys that powered us to a World Series title, thanks.

  2. Cut him a fucking break…..holy shit everyone….he had a “down” year….let him go another year before casting judgement….holy moly!

  3. 1) You can’t trade him b/c of his salary & also no team’s medical staff would give him a passing physical b/c of his knee.
    2) Nick, he’ll never be “healthy for a full season” – he has degenerative knee issues.
    I’m not trying to take a shot at the guy at all. I just think people should lower their expectations based on the circumstances & remember all this guy has done for the organization & the fans throughout his career here.

  4. fucking love this guy. newsflash palmjobs – it’s hard to turn on the inside pitch without your knees working properly. i bet over this long offseason he tinkered with how he cares for them and will be a lot stronger out of the gate. long live CHUTLEY

  5. The chart appears to measure ISO, or isolated power. The results do not surprise me. When Chase was younger, he could get around on an inside heater from a tough lefty, now he struggles. If a LHP leaves somethign away, which gives Chase a split-second more to react to, he still gets it. This is to be expected with age.
    He still gets on base though, better than every other player on the team. And you can not score runs with out………(wait for it)……base-runners. So the value is still there, and he is not “cooked” yet. But will he be the 30HR/100RBI guy he used to be? Not bloody likely.

  6. “He still gets on base though, better than every other player on the team.”
    Chase Utley 2011 OBP: .344
    Ryan Howard: .346
    Shane Victorino: .355
    Carlos Ruiz: .371
    Hunter Pence: .394
    A better statement would be: “He still gets on base, though, better than less than half of the lineup.” Ironically, a declining Utley STILL gets on base more than an even-more-declining “leadoff man” Jimmy Rollins.

  7. “A better statement would be: “He still gets on base, though, better than less than half of the lineup.” Ironically, a declining Utley STILL gets on base more than an even-more-declining “leadoff man” Jimmy Rollins.”
    I looked at just one season too once, instead of the entire body of work, and I came to the conclusion that Brady Anderson is one of the greatest power hitters of all time. Surely someone like yourself would agree with that finding.
    Talk about data mining…..

  8. Pahaha, oh I apologize, I didn’t realize that by “still” you meant “generally, over the course of his career, but not including the most recent baseball season.” Or that by “data mining,” you mean “the latest full season of information.”
    Should we re-sign Jamie Moyer? He’s an old man who throws an 83 mph fastball. He still wins games, though, better than every pitcher on the Phils’ roster!

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