Baseball is back today from the All-Star break. Oakland and Anaheim are just getting underway in the only AL matchup. Tomorrow the Orioles start their second half in Chciago, to begin a long road trip. The game starts at 8:11, but is probably still being sponsored by 7-11. Advertising has begun to take over our sense of time, in addition to space.
Anyway, tomorrow's game will be the team's 39th game After Wieters. It will be his 32nd game started this year. His line has not been that bad at all for a catcher: .259/.316/.407/.724 . But his progress has certainly been a little slower than we had hoped. We constantly see his average improving, and it's not an illusion. Until he hit his first home run on June 17, he had an OPS of an anemic .584 . When you start your career that slowly, it's not extremely difficult to have your batting average rise. But the fact is, in July (only 7 games) he's been looking much better, posting a .304 average to OPS .863 . In those seven games, he's also taken three walks which is a good sign.
After rarely striking out in the minor leagues, Wieters struck out 31 times in his first 25 games. It was the worst sight to see all year, because it almost made you worry. But his strikeout rate has been falling; from a high of 32%, it's fallen to only 21.4%. Another seven games like he's had, and his strikeouts will be down to the league average of 17%.
His power has also been taking some time. Of his 28 major league hits, only 9 have been for extra-bases. Homeruns account for 3 of those. As mentioned before, his walks are starting to slowly trickle up. I think that it's going to be a slow process, but the power will be worth it. He has to get the Ks down and bring the BBs up. The power will come shortly after.
So I dunno.... open discussion about Wieters? I really can't wait. Although I think next year will be his true break out, seeing him hit is probably number one on what I'm looking foward to in the second half. Even if the team does that pathetic 4-25 stuff, I'm going to have fun watching this new catcher.