But listen, like most things in life, there’s a time and a place for everything. Bautista flipping his bat to cut a deficit to four runs, after losing the first two games to a less-than-good Braves squad that’s five games under .500? Have some sense and self-awareness.
Limited Womens Mike Webster Jersey It’s turning into look-at-me-stuff, Braves reliever Eric O’Flaherty said after the game. It’s not even about winning anymore.
Bat flipping down that much, that late? Come on. It’s not anything you haven’t heard or read yet but, here it goes: It’s selfish. It’s dumb. It’s tone deaf. It makes as much sense as Suicide Squad winning an Academy Award.
He’s also swinging at fewer first pitches, though when he does swing at the first offering in an at-bat he’s batting .455 with two home runs in 11 attempts.
Limited Womens Houston Rockets Jersey The one pitch Gonzales has seemed to steer clear of completely this season while batting left handed is the curveball. According to Statcast, he’s seen 66 curveballs while batting lefty and he whiffed once. The rest of the time, he’s watching it go by for a ball or a strike. Gonzalez hit a home run off a curveball batting righty on April 9 and a single on May 12.
Gonzalez is also drawing more walks this season. It’s as if someone flipped a switch. In 2015, he walked 16 times in 120 games. Last season, he walked only 22 times in 141 games. This season, he has already walked 18 times. That means he’s on pace for three times as many walks as those previous two seasons.